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Old 08-11-2011, 05:08 PM   #1
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I have this old MVP 6" orbital polisher, and I'm wondering if something like this is powerful enough to use with high quality polishes and compounds to get a decent DIY detail job.

I plan on going to O'Reilly after work to get a few Lake Country pads, but before that I'd like to know if this thing can do the job.

Is this thing decent enough to do a n00b detail job?
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:29 PM   #2
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….huh. I had no idea O’ Reily carried Lake Country products. We had one open near me that I should probably check out. Anyhow, back to your question…

First, are you sure that unit will accept LC pads? I have a feeling that tool has a permanent foam backing plate that only accepts bonnets. Second, what a re looking to do with it? I wouldn’t expect any sort of effective correction with it although it might do “ok” applying/removing some products. IMO/IME, I would rather do it by hand if I that was my only choice.
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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….huh. I had no idea O’ Reily carried Lake Country products. We had one open near me that I should probably check out. Anyhow, back to your question…

First, are you sure that unit will accept LC pads? I have a feeling that tool has a permanent foam backing plate that only accepts bonnets. Second, what a re looking to do with it? I wouldn’t expect any sort of effective correction with it although it might do “ok” applying/removing some products. IMO/IME, I would rather do it by hand if I that was my only choice.
They may not carry them in store. I can't remember. I'm an employee though, so the discount..

And yeah, it has the foam back. I thought about that later on after I had already posted. So, bonnets it is.

I just want to remove some surface scratches and spots and give the car a much needed detail. After doing some reading it looks like this thing may only be good for apply/removing like you said.
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:54 PM   #4
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Orbitals are only going to save you time when adding a polish. Get yourself a nice variable speed buffer (Makita is what I've used for years) to get rid of the scratches.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:30 PM   #5
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Personally, for most DIY'ers I would recommend a good DA over a rotary. There are several capable machines to choose from. .....Griots 6", PC7424XP, Meguiars G110, Flex 3401 VRG, etc. I own a 3401 and a v1 7424 myself and even with my PC I can still get effective correction with the right pads and products.
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