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Orbital polisher recommendations -- and let's debate wax versus polymer

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Hook78, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Feb 8, 2018 at 5:25 PM
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    Hook78

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    Got too close to one of the driveway hedges tonight and got myself an abrasion in the clear coat. Since every problem is really an opportunity in disguise, this is my chance to get an orbital buffer and get after all the little issues all at once and top off with a nice wax or polymer.

    TW: What recommendations do you guys have for a buffer? I'm not trying to drop money on this thing like a professional detailer would, but I'm not interested in a crappy cheap model either.

    While we're on the topic, can we talk about waxes versus polymers, what your preference is and why? Seems like nothing beats the aesthetics of a good carnuba wax but a polymer could be faster, cheaper, and last longer. Interested in your opinions before I go off and make my purchases.
     
  2. Feb 8, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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    Im in same boat OP.
     
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    Griot's Garage 6" DA is probably your best bang for your buck. Lifetime warranty, I personally prefer the 5" pads which will require a 5" backing plate. https://www.amazon.com/Griots-Garage-10813STDCRD-Orbital-Polisher/dp/B009UKUUWE

    You'll need a compound/polish for the scuff. You can't go wrong with Meguiars 105/205 combo but I've heard nothing but good things about Griot's fairly new BOSS compounds and polishes.
    https://www.amazon.com/Griots-Garag...&qid=1518139836&sr=1-2&keywords=griots+polish
     
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  4. Feb 8, 2018 at 5:36 PM
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    And clearly I'm too tired to spell carnauba.
     
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    Great, thanks for the recommendation! Why the preference on the 5" setup?
     
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    Just easier to maneuver around edges and curves (I also have a 3" machine for things like the B pillars and bumpers). Our trucks aren't that big, only time I use a 6" pad is on full size trucks with a lot of flat surfaces.
     
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    Yep, the Griots 6" DA with their 5" vented backing plate and 5.5" pads. You can get their 3" HD backing plate for use with 3-4" pads, as well. Great machine.
     
  8. Feb 8, 2018 at 5:52 PM
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    We have a consensus so far. What do you think of this package deal?
     
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    Neither....ceramic coating. If you like the pop of wax then apply a sealant first then layer with wax.
     
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  10. Feb 8, 2018 at 5:59 PM
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    So, interesting comment because I was reading about ceramic and sealant earlier. Here's the thing: I have two very tiny rust spots, one being on the front edge of the hood, that at some point I will get cleaned up. I also have the factory clear chip protector decals on the fenders and the edges are peeling and getting dirty and I want to replace them. So my plan was to apply a decent buff where required with the compound, apply a wax or polymer to get me through until I have the time and energy to remove and replace the decals and take care of the rust spots. Then I can consider applying a sealant. What's your take on that? As an aside I'm wondering how to prep the painted surface for new decals down the road but I'm sure there's plenty of info out there when the time comes.
     
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    You can get the GG6 from Autogeek with a 25' cord. Very nice upgrade.
     
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    The Griots BOSS pads are very nice. The thinner profile makes them more effective compared to something like Lake Country flat pads. LC also makes thin pads. Also nice.
     
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    I've got the same issues with the chip protectors that are getting dirty on the edges and need to be replaced as well. Any tips on how to proceed with those?
     
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    Just found this, mostly advice on how to remove. Recommendation for replacement in the thread is to have dealer do it. https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/clear-vinyl-rock-chip-guards.375823/
     
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    Makes sense. So you can’t put a 3” pad on the regular size buffer?
     
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    Rupes Bigfoot hands down. Wax is worthless. Hydro2 is a good, super easy to use sealant that blows any wax out of the water on durability.
     
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    Depends on the buffer, but on the lower end DA's (Porter Cable, Griots), yes you can put a 3" backing plate on for 3-4" pads.
     
  19. Feb 8, 2018 at 7:27 PM
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    Well that’s a badass buffer but way over my price point. I’ll check out the Hydro2 though. Might just try three or four products over a year and see what I like best. Thanks.
     
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    Ok cool thanks. Seems like a starter package with a machine like this is the best route for me.
     

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