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Old 09-23-2002, 06:16 PM   #1
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Default How do you use an orbital polisher to apply and remove wax?

I want to get one of those orbital power polishers so I can make waxing and buffing the car a lot eaiser. But I do not know what kinds are good and where I can go to get one. I am looking for something that is good quality but not too fancy. I also do not want to spend too much money for it.

Got any ideas?
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Old 09-23-2002, 06:42 PM   #2
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I don't know what you consider too much money, but if you want a good random orbit polisher for home use, you can't beat the one made by Porter-Cable. It's small, real easy to use, and by using it's foam polishing pads, you can't burn the paint.

It's $129.95 for the basic unit, or $179.95 for the deluxe kit at:


www.properautocare.com

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Old 09-23-2002, 07:24 PM   #3
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What Silvercharged said. You bought the car, don't scrimp on the stuff that you baby it with.

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Old 09-24-2002, 07:29 AM   #4
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Sweet. My wonderful girlfriend actually got me a Porter-Cable for my B-day yesterday. I can not wait to try it out.

And handeling tips?
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Old 09-24-2002, 08:43 AM   #5
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I got mine at Sears, $50. Works fine.
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Old 09-24-2002, 08:56 AM   #6
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Porter Cable is a really great unit. They have their own website and I suggest you buy a different pad (like $12 ea) for each application. Like polish, wax etc. They are washable (use dawn dishwasher soap it gets rid of everything) Also you can choose different speeds depending on the application. I've used it on my vette so I feel confident you won't have a burn problem. Need any more info feel free to e-mail me.
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Old 09-24-2002, 01:16 PM   #7
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First off. What kind did you get for 50 dollars at Sears? Everywhere I look the modle that I have is about 135 to 180 dollars. IF it is the same modle I will tell my girlfriend to return it and we can go get the cheeper one. That is if it is the same modle which I doubt.


I did just order the velcro attachment with polishing pad and finishing pads. I also got a microfiber cover and the terrycloth covers for the polisher.

What do you use for each application? I mean if I want to put wax on and take it off what should I use and how shoulf I do it. What speed and all and what attachment?
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Old 09-27-2002, 10:48 PM   #8
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LOL

It kind of depends on how much work you want to put in it and/or how damaged the paint is. I can't really help you with different techniques with the buffer. But I have spent tons of times detailing my car by hand. A complete detail/overhaul of the paint may include;
-wash
-stripping of wax with a dishwashing detergent (I wouldn't recommend doing this but once a year or so as it will strip oils from your paint)
-clay bar (will make your paint feel like glass if you put effort into it)
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-swirl mark remover
-polisher. then wax (I would do by hand even if I had a buffer)

I really like Meguiars and 3M stuff. But like someone else said, spend the extra dough and get the proffesional grade stuff. It makes a difference.

There is some very good detailing info at www.hondavision.com and www.team-integra.net. You have to register at both though.

Come to think of it, is there a detailing forum here? I've only been a member a few days.
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Old 10-03-2002, 07:50 AM   #9
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What is the proper way to use one to apply and remove wax?
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Old 10-03-2002, 03:35 PM   #10
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The pc is a great tool for detailing. You have to try really hard to screwup because it is a random orbital polisher, unlike rotary polishers which can easily mess your paint up if your inexperienced. Get the proper pads from meguiares or look a www.properautocare.com for their kit which is excellent. Coastal Tools sell the pc for about 130. To put on wax is simple. Liquid put a slight bead around outside of pad wipe on to car use speed 4 or so and wax on. For paste wax you can wipe it against pad or use a putty knife spread like butter on pad and wax. I would not use the pc for removing wax that should be done by hand using microtowels.

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Old 10-03-2002, 06:46 PM   #11
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Are you kiddign me. YOu can not use it to remove wax?

What do I use to apply wax: Terrycloth covers, the foam pad or a microfiber, or the wax and polish pads?
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Old 10-03-2002, 11:30 PM   #12
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I work at a detail shop. They make microfiber covers for the orbitals now....10 inch and 4 inch. We use them and it comes out great
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Old 10-04-2002, 12:29 AM   #13
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Sears sells a Craftsman 10 inch orbital polisher and buffer, and comes with a case, terry cloth bonnets, applicator bonnets and some other kind of bonnet for ~$44.95. Its a great deal? I work at Sears in the Hardware dept.
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Old 10-04-2002, 02:08 AM   #14
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I know a place to get the Porter Cable for $119 with the extra parts you'd need to polish. (cheap shipping too)

http://www.coastaltool.com/cgi-bin/S...7af+1033730201

Trust me, this is a real tool, not l ike the Sears models.
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Old 10-04-2002, 03:57 PM   #15
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SO do you use the microfiber to apply wax or remove it?
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Old 10-04-2002, 04:03 PM   #16
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Porter-Cable makes really good stuff...

Having said that I use one from Sears...It gets the job done
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Old 10-06-2002, 03:45 AM   #17
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Normally one uses a foam finishing pad to apply wax (if doing it by machine) and a MF bonnet when removing wax...

If you were going to do one and not the other I'd HEAVILY suggest using the machine to remove wax.
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Old 10-21-2002, 05:24 PM   #18
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Use machine to wax, polish, compound. By hand with microfiber tpwel remove wax polish or compound. There is no reason to use machine to remove wax. As a final buff out I use the portercable and a microfiber bonnet but that is after the wax is buffed out. Use the foam pads to apply.
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