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Old 09-12-2011, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody got one? Are they hard to use correctly? Will I screw up my paint job if I get one?

I've done a little research and they sure look good. I just want to use one for waxing, not repairing paint or anything like that. But I sure am scared of screwing up the finish.

Any opinions on this?
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I have something like that. I will take a photo of is but yeah... Rubbing compound is a must and I think it would be hard to screw something up if you held it in one spot for 3 days or a minute...
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If I could get a simple one just for waxing, that's all I would ever use it for. If my finish needed restoration, I'd let a pro handle that.

What all do you use yours for?
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I only ever use it for swirls ans small scratches... I think a Clay bar is something you should look into.
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Nothing fancy ,I use a 10 inch orbital "Wen" on black granite ,with the Mothers 3 phase system .Phase 1 pre wax cleaner ,p 2 sealer & glaze p 3 pure carnauba .
I don't like it on light colors ,but it really stands tall on dark .
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Originally Posted by dietz4ibanez View Post
I only ever use it for swirls ans small scratches... I think a Clay bar is something you should look into.
I've used a clay bar a few times. Works good. But I never seem to get too many contaminants or particulars bonded to my paint out here, so don't have to do it very often.
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Originally Posted by jsfb6pts View Post
Nothing fancy ,I use a 10 inch orbital "Wen" on black granite ,with the Mothers 3 phase system .Phase 1 pre wax cleaner ,p 2 sealer & glaze p 3 pure carnauba .
I don't like it on light colors ,but it really stands tall on dark .
Is this like what you have?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Vaper-10-I...22610/14299790

Looks like this one is just for waxing and polishing, which is what I want. Not a bad price, either. I mainly just use Meguiars NXT wax and it seems to really make light or dark colors just brilliant!
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It is more like the Carrand in the upper left .
I also used to use Meguiars ,I have had better result with the mothers .
However it is the equivalent of waxing your vehicle 3 times ,cleaner ,sealer & glaze .
Make sure you get enough extra bonnets which ever wax you use .
I apply by hand and remove it with the polisher and use 6 bonnets,2 for each coat .
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Good pointers you got there.
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Originally Posted by jsfb6pts View Post
It is more like the Carrand in the upper left .
I also used to use Meguiars ,I have had better result with the mothers .
However it is the equivalent of waxing your vehicle 3 times ,cleaner ,sealer & glaze .
Make sure you get enough extra bonnets which ever wax you use .
I apply by hand and remove it with the polisher and use 6 bonnets,2 for each coat .
So you apply by hand and only use the polisher to remove it? Any reason you don't use the polisher to apply it?
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You should look into the Porter Cable Kits that Adam's offers. Plus remember with your discount code you can save 10%. The Porter Cable is really easy to use and it's not very expensive. Using the proper polishes and pads and you can really make your paint pop.

Before a clay and polish with the pc.



After full paint correction:





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Originally Posted by rbiggers View Post
So you apply by hand and only use the polisher to remove it? Any reason you don't use the polisher to apply it?
Just personal preference. I still like to get the feel of waxing by hand
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The numbers are the same so it appears that you can purchase the polisher alone for $149.23 at amazon . ( price changes as more are purchased ,up or down )

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...isher+&x=0&y=0
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Originally Posted by jsfb6pts View Post
The numbers are the same so it appears that you can purchase the polisher alone for $149.23 at amazon . ( price changes as more are purchased ,up or down )

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...isher+&x=0&y=0
Actually my self, and Jarrod offer those for 120ish shipped...

With the cheap 30 dollar "buffers" from walmart n auto zone. All you're doing is putting in micro maring, and swirls.

The PorterCable with the proper pad and polish/compound will correct the paint. The pc is the easiest safest machine to use on your paint hands down.

Check into these kits here.

http://www.adamspolishes.com/c-14-po...polishing.aspx
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I will have to look into this...
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