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Harbor Freight DA polisher

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Chrisg, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. Nov 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM
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    Chrisg

    Chrisg [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey dudes, I talked to the guy's at meguiar's, they said to use a DA polisher. I have a random orbit, and he said only use for spreading wax. I want to use the swirlX product to start with. I have some nasty swirls on the truck I want to get rid of.

    I seen Harbor Freight has a DA polisher on sale for $60. It looks pretty good by the pics. I've seen reviews saying the mounting pad sucks. But, can be corrected with a $10 5 inch pad.

    Has anyone used this polisher? Don't want to spend lots of $$$ for a name brand when I can use the saved $$$ on better waxes/polish

    chris
     
  2. Nov 27, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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    AaronArf

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    Go for a Porter cable 7424 DA polisher. You can find kits cheap with pads, back plates and compound. Autopia.org

    Mine has been kick'n since 2005. Detail one or two cars on the side it'll pay for itself !
     
  3. Nov 28, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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    Get the porter cable. Had mine for about 3 years. Even used it to sand my wood deck.
     
  4. Nov 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM
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    I dont know how much the porter cable costs but everyone swears by them. If you are on a budget and the harbor freight is a lot cheaper then give it a try.
     
  5. Nov 28, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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    Never used a harbor freight DA, but some of the cheaper brand air tools really aren't that bad if you're not going to be using them all the time. But be sure which ever you decide on, to oil it good before using it, or you'll screw the bearings up.

    Keep in mind too when you're using a DA to polish/wax with or any machine polisher. Routinely clean and check pad for grit/debris because it will scratch your paint to turd. You probably already know that, but just thought I'd throw it out there.
     
  6. Nov 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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    BuddyS

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    I second the porter cable, too. It's a quality tool. I use my for car detailing and also for sanding. Never been disappointed with its performance.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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    I have used my porter cable one time. Let me know if you want to buy it. I have given up trying to detail my cars.
     
  8. Nov 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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    Pm sent uncrx
     
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