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The Forecourt => Cleaning and Detailing => Topic started by: Steve McF on 14 April 2020, 01:25:18 PM

Title: Any recommend a polisher?
Post by: Steve McF on 14 April 2020, 01:25:18 PM
With the lockdown and good weather, the fleet is sitting on the driveway crying out for washing and polishing!!!

I was thinking of looking at a car polisher machine, and there are some simple ones from Halfords for as little at 15, to other ones that look like angle grinders for nearer 100 or more.

Does anyone have any recommendations for such things?
Title: Re: Any recommend a polisher?
Post by: sgould on 14 April 2020, 02:52:39 PM
I bought one a few years ago.  I tried it, and made a complete hash of the polishing.  Lots of hand polishing later and the swirly marks are almost gone!! :o

There's a website called Detailing World that has lots of advice, but it may be aimed more at the dedicated... :)
Title: Re: Any recommend a polisher?
Post by: carrera on 14 April 2020, 05:22:19 PM
No recommendations, other than you need a dual action polisher, not a simple rotary.

Good pads and polishy type stuff help a lot

You might decide that with all the splatter that comes from using water to cool down the paint it's all rather hard work.
Title: Re: Any recommend a polisher?
Post by: Steve McF on 15 April 2020, 10:18:57 AM
I suspect that the old manual method of using wax on, and wipe off with a polishing cloth may just have to continue ;)
Title: Re: Any recommend a polisher?
Post by: sgould on 15 April 2020, 10:38:28 AM
I forgot about the splatter... and pressure washing the drive afterwards!! :(
Title: Re: Any recommend a polisher?
Post by: carrera on 15 April 2020, 10:44:59 AM
I thought I was doing it wrong, until a garage told me that I was doing it right.

That said I have observed the body guys in the local Saab place and they don't use water, so no splatter. One of them put the polisher on one panel of the graphite green car. Just to show me what it really looked like, and to force me to do the rest to match  :D

They are good for getting scratches out, and aged paint, so don't abandon the idea too quickly
Title: Re: Any recommend a polisher?
Post by: nathangardner on 15 January 2021, 08:12:31 AM
Have you tried DEWALT Buffer/Polisher? I have been using one for almost a year now and the results were satisfying. I never had any problem with it. And also its wool ingestion shield can prolong the lifespan of the buffer itself.