What to look for in a DA polisher?

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What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby finetrond » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:43 am

My car is due for a proper polish, long over due would some say.
Paint feels rough after a cleaning so I beleive a claying is required. I've looked online and found some products that should help we get there.
After claying polishing would be required. So I am looking for a resonable DA polisher. A Rupes LHR 21 is not it.
Any recommendations?

I have found one for about £ 85. 1000W 400-2300 rpm . 140mm backing plate.
Others are all the way from £ 16-18.
The R has been passed on to the next generation. Hard to see it with more battle scars than a gladiator. But when the roof goes away on the replacement it is all good. M4 Convertible.
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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby Psycho Kirky » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:35 pm

I use the Challenge Extreme. Only an entry level polisher I got from Argos but it gives great results with good quality pads and polish

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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby SciroccoEire » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:38 am

I learned with and am still using a DAS-6. Grand job , has lasted me years

https://amzn.to/2XgFNrT

You def dont NEED something like a Rupes , while it might be nice if budget allowed
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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby finetrond » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:33 pm

Both above seems reasonable for my budget. A selection of quality pads with a good compound and polish.
And somebody else's car to learn on. My old white R is that car.

Got to read up a bit more on how to use the machine, and get the bits and bobs required to the car ready for compounding and polish.
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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby finetrond » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:25 am

How important is the speed (rpm) of the polisher?
Limited availability of polisher with speed over 3000 rpm for a price i can afford.
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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby SciroccoEire » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:55 am

The DAS 6 pro is 2500-6500 as far as i remember...
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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby finetrond » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:27 pm

I'll have to review what is available here in China. They to two different kinds. El Cheapo and Rupes $300, and the likes. So it will be El Cheapo.
I've looked at the paint with a not very good light and it seems not too bad. A bit "gritty to the touch but without noticeable swirl marks.
Water stains and bird poo etching for sure. But, i thought claying it would help with that, then some Meguiars paste wax to get some shine back.

The paint is quote orange peely. I understand that will require a whole different level of job. That will have to wait until I can find someone that does that sort of thing for a living in the general area. 20M people in Chengdu. Dealerships of some rich people brand cars, so I hope at least one shop available to do a premium job.
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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby finetrond » Thu May 23, 2019 4:27 am

So I have order an selection of cleaning supplies
3M Claybar
Meguiar's Ultimate paste Wax
Meguiar's Gold Class cars wash
Chemical Guys Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
Assorted brushes. And not the branded Chemical Guys Set for $24. $3 for 5, full review to come :-)
A cheap as the come pressure washer.

Saturday is D-day. Hoping not to ruin anything. Pray for me.

Wheel cleaning later on, I'll let the wife look at them up close and get a fall out remover, and wheel sealant next.
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