Discussion in 'General' started by Unicorn, 26 May 2010.
Any recommendations for a polisher that won't break the bank?
i use THIS with good results...
the ones i use a work are like £300-400 but give the same results
I have mentioned Larry and AMMO on bit-tech several times in the past couple of weeks, I'm also a huge fan and follower
Ta very much will it be ok for a beginner?
just make sure you do your home work,
google rotary machine polishing techniques
i did have a link but cant find it
You get faster results with a rotary like the one linked but dual-action polishers are usually recommended for novices or those at all nervous about the possibility of burning through their paint work. The Kestrel DAS Pro has been flavour of the month for a while and Detailing World are currently doing a Group Buy in conjunction with Clean Your Car, selling it for £99.95 delivered.
Whichever you choose, as Kirk46 said, do your homework first with regards to technique, pads, products, ect, and if you can, grab a bonnet or wing from a scrapyard to have a bit of a practice on.
Larry Kosilla of AMMO NYC has said multiple times in his videos that detailing and in particular paint correction is more about technique and experience than the equipment or products used. Up to a certain point, he will be able to achieve better results with inferior pads on a cheap DA polisher than a novice with the best cutting pads on a top of the range Rupes polisher, because he's more experienced and has the technique to make whatever product is in his hands work best. The DAS Pro at £100 is silly cheap and is easily the best bang for buck machine polisher available for home users at the moment.
Ermagherd! Two new products tested for me this evening.
First, Car Pro's Iron-X wheel cleaner. Repped to be pretty phenomenal, and justly so imo! My wheels were immensely stained from brake dust and road grime (lazy wash regime and minimal wax). Couple of snaps below show the difference after one application - this is just spray on, leave 5 mins, agitate with brush into the dirtiest bits, rinse. Nothing more.
Before and after:
A lot of the lighter dirtyness would have come off with the usual sponge wash, but the brown/black deposits at the wheel roots were totally unshiftable. Now all the wheels look great (not perfect, but very decent).
Second is Poorboys Natty Blue Paste Wax. I can't say I've ever used a proper paste wax before, I've only used liquids. Very easy to get on and off, the former simply being a damp microfibre and gentle wiping onto the panel. Pics tomorrow once it's been rained on, but so far the finish looks very nice.
Anyone recommend any deep scratch repair guides cars now clean but there are some pretty bad scratches.
Deep scratch, as in, down to undercoat? Through the lacquer?
There's a range some deep ones down to the undercoat and a couple of shallow ones to.
Here's a list of the products I use.
Soap - Turtle wax 'Zip Wax' car wash & wax.
Mag cleaner - DuPont Teflon wheel cleaner & Mothers Metal Polish.
Leather care - ArmorAll leather care.
Wax - Mothers California Gold carnauba cleaner wax.
+ WD40 & Paraffin
I do hope the fairy liquid is a joke.
Agreed. Total waste of fairy, use supermarket value/basics.
I'm all out of stuff but I used to use an all in one wax shampoo on the old jaloppy. Now I'm in my vrs I need to get some products but being skint means it has to wait.
ok ok hands up, it's a generic representation of whatever the wife has in the kitchen, it's not always Fairy.
Never use dish soap to wash a car, it will eat the wax like a piece of cake.
I disagree...the only time to use it is if you want a completely blank canvas to work from. It's great for stripping away what products were applied in the past.
LOLs, you're assuming my car has been waxed, hell it's only been washed twice in the last 12 months
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