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.
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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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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby SciroccoEire » Thu May 23, 2019 6:40 pm

Best of luck! Let us know how it goes :yes: :)
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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby finetrond » Sat May 25, 2019 1:29 pm

Well first of all. No 50/50 shots. no water beading shots. Can't remember my photobucket password. and I wasnt about to hose down the car after spending a whole afternoon cleaning, claying and waxing.

Some cold hard facts:
My car is 2016 M4 convertible, light blue metallic. Not sure what "plate" that is in English.
First time claying and waxing. I've been watching AMMO NYC videos on JuTjube for a while to bone up before the D-day. To was boning time.
My $30 pressure washer worked a treat. not too strong. I wish I'd splurged on a foam cannon, but alas, I'd already spent a whole 30 bucks on the washer.
Claying was very much needed and was easy enough following the advice from that guy. I used the Meguiars diluted in water as a lubricant. Wife got in on the action as well.
Need more towels to speed up the job a bit. Drying was helped by God. 28 degrees C today, (5405069 Fahrenheit).
Wax was easy to apply.
Facts not so much, opinion and experiences rather. Well the car is a fact.

I had a nice car, dirty, but nice.
Now I have a car full of stone chips, dirty engine bay, dirty interior, dirty AF wheels.
My interior cleaner is getting delivered tomorrow, also my no name brushes. Can I do it tomorrow, not sure.

So a day well spent,not bitten by the detailing bug so far. But I will make sure my car is kept better. I like to do things well. I rather spend some $$$ and get it done right rather than cheap. Here out in the sticks, cheap is the go to for anything. Full interior detail for $30, a set of Chemical guys leather cleaner and conditioner cost about that here. Now I hope it last more than once.

GN, peace out, snakkes.
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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby finetrond » Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:14 am

Going home from work i found my self about 100m behind a bus when its engine packed it in. A mist of oil and water spread all over my car. Fantastic is it not.
Went to the local cleaners do sort it out. Degreaser didn't do my good for my wax.

But we spent a day cleaning the old Rocco R. Good grief it was dirtier than Chasy Lain. The rubber seal around the moon roof hadn't been cleaned since the dawn of time. Now it is better, but we needs more time. Current owner is busy you small business owner so spending precious time off cleaning an old car 3-4 times in a row was not on the plan.

Now ordered wash mitts, CarPro Iron_X, foam bottle. Need to order wheel brushes and some supplements for engine bay cleaning. have i been bitten by the detailing bug???? It has some satisfaction getting door jams, boot lid and other places spotless.

Now on to study best was to deal with stone chips. The Rocco R is is riddle with them. So a nice project to learn on. It can't get much worse if we cock it up.
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Re: What to look for in a DA polisher?

Postby SciroccoEire » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:52 am

Thanks for the updates!

More pics though :)
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