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Machine Polishers #5112788
05/22/19 07:49 PM
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Which machines does everyone use for machine polishing?


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Re: Machine Polishers [Re: The Critic] #5112895
05/22/19 09:39 PM
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I don't have much experience with paint correction. I borrowed a friends Harbor Freight (Chicago Electric) 6" DA polisher for the last two years. It worked fine without a steep learning curve. Probable not the most powerful or refined machine but it got the job done without complaint and was pretty easy to use. I only have one car to maintain.

I planned on buying one this spring with coupon. Unfortunately they discontinued this model. Back to researching an under $100 DA polisher.

Re: Machine Polishers [Re: The Critic] #5112925
05/22/19 10:15 PM
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I use one of my Festool 6" RO sanders with a polishing buff. Set it on slow speed and speed it up to finish


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Re: Machine Polishers [Re: The Critic] #5112948
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I have a Porter Cable 7424 and a Meguiar's G110 v2. Both are fine. The PC works great with a 5" pad, but struggles a bit when slinging around a 6" pad or when using the Meguiar's DA Microfiber system. The G110 has a bit more torque. Anymore, I've been a huge fan over the Microfiber DA system over foam for correction. I usually keep my Microfiber DA backing plate on the G110 and either have a 5" or 3.5" backer for foam on the PC.

Re: Machine Polishers [Re: The Critic] #5112956
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Flex 3401 with lake country force pads for me (got it for 200$ brand new from my buddy who bought it and never used for almost 2 years). This machine is a beast and really gets the job done regardless of the curvature. don't care about fancy free spinning rupes or griots G tools.

Re: Machine Polishers [Re: The Critic] #5112991
05/22/19 11:57 PM
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13 year old Griots Garage, probably a re-branded Porter Cable.


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Re: Machine Polishers [Re: The Critic] #5113013
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Griots Garage, about 6 or 7 years old. Flex is better, but also a lot more expensive. But have been pleased with the Griots.

Re: Machine Polishers [Re: double vanos] #5113018
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Originally Posted by double vanos
13 year old Griots Garage, probably a re-branded Porter Cable.


yup i have one


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Re: Machine Polishers [Re: The Critic] #5113023
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GG6 w/ the long cable and 5" pads.


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Re: Machine Polishers [Re: UncleDave] #5113154
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Originally Posted by UncleDave
Originally Posted by double vanos
13 year old Griots Garage, probably a re-branded Porter Cable.


yup i have one


Me too. Works great.

The 25’ cord is a thoughtful touch.


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Re: Machine Polishers [Re: The Critic] #5113179
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Been using a Porter Cable 7424 for some 14 years now and just recently switched to 5" from the 6" pads. No issues.


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Re: Machine Polishers [Re: The Critic] #5113184
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I've been using a PC 7424XP but my wife just got me a new Rupes LHR15 Mark III for my birthday (after I told her not to because I don't use it enough to justify the cost). I've got pads on order so I'm anxious to see how the Rupes corrects.


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Re: Machine Polishers [Re: Bear] #5113204
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Originally Posted by Bear
Been using a Porter Cable 7424 for some 14 years now and just recently switched to 5" from the 6" pads. No issues.

Really like the Porter Cable here too. Reliable, easy to use, and works very well.


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Re: Machine Polishers [Re: The Critic] #5113233
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Re: Machine Polishers [Re: gofast182] #5113372
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Originally Posted by gofast182
I've been using a PC 7424XP but my wife just got me a new Rupes LHR15 Mark III for my birthday (after I told her not to because I don't use it enough to justify the cost). I've got pads on order so I'm anxious to see how the Rupes corrects.

Very nice. I just picked up a Mark III 15 and 21 for myself. The Duetto and 21 (Gen1) were sold to a friend of mine who is going full-time with his detailing business so I needed another 6 and 7” machine. I still have my Rupes 75e and Flex PE14 rotary, but neither one get used very much.

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