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Polishing Machine Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by jbronnier, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Jan 10, 2020 at 9:16 AM
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    jbronnier

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    That is more or less a wax spreader not a polisher. A Griot's G9 is a good all around recommendation and will come with a lifetime warranty. For an inexpensive but seemingly reliable polisher would be something by Maxshine. There are a handful of variations of polishers which all overlap in their abilities. Check out Apex Detail on youtube for some good info on many. He also covers the rotarty a lot too which is a little less user friendly until you get the hang of it.

    Also it's not just machine that you'll need to look into, there is also a near infinite range and combination of pads and liquid abrasives to use. Again Apex covers that too. Not that you need all those pads, just be aware of what is available and what it's for.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZOhpSAihtUBnebhY_ro_Q
     
  3. Jan 10, 2020 at 1:27 PM
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    I started out (many years ago) with a P-C 7424. (This was before the XP model which has more power.) It was a great machine and still lives on at my nephew's house. The early 7424XPs were also great machines. I've heard some grumbling about cost cutting on the later XP's though. When my XP got stolen, I replaced it with a Griot's and it's every bit as good as the best 7424's.

    My current go to machine is still a Flex 3401. I briefly tried a Rupes, but it literally burned up during the warranty period and I didn't like the way if felt in my hands. (Personal opinion only.) I also have a DeWalt rotary and if you know what you're doing, you can do some amazing stuff with it. (If you don't know what you're doing, you can do some amazing damage in very short order with any rotary.)

    That said, for a beginner who may not be doing much regular detailing and doesn't want / need to do a lot of correction, the Griot's is definitely a great choice.
     
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    Sounds like Griot it is. Just looking for something to lay down a solid wax with every few months. Hand buffing until then.
     
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    The Griot's (and similar random Orbital machines) are really overkill for simply "applying wax." They're more designed for light to medium correction work before applying a wax (or sealant or coating.)
     
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    If not going to use for paint correction/defects then don’t waste your money. There are too many easy on/easy off products out there to invest in a polisher for just wax.
     
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    True but a random orbital and Meguair's Ultimate Wax makes it so easy it is kind of fun. Then you move on to the clay bar and the Ultimate compound and the quick wax...................
     
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    ^^
    This

    It's understandable if you don't feel like hand waxing any longer, hell I stopped doing that years ago! The majority of the machines out there have been advanced to the point of being powerful enough for paint correction. If that isn't your motive then literally any machine should put down thin even (speedy:thumbsup:) coats of your favorite wax.

    If you are just looking for shine and protective factors there are plenty of worthwhile spray on product's that will suit your situation.
     
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    I have the rupes es 21 . It's all I use at work and at home.
     
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    I use a Flex3401. great machine but costly....

    I saw a knock off at Harbor Freight that looks pretty darn nice. I have Not tried it but it caught my attention.
     
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    I have a Rupes 15mm. No complaints here. But i've seen on the detailing forums and youtube that the Maxshine line isn't too bad.
     
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    If you want a machine that can do it all, get a Flex 3401. Been detailing professionally for 10+ years at a reputable shop and that's all we ever use. If you want to get crazy, you can get the Rupes ibrid for really tight areas that a big machine can't fit. Not a fan of traditional free floating spindle DAs such as all the Rupes machines, PC, Griots, etc.
     
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    How is the Torq line that Chemical Guys sells? Was looking at the $200 kit.
     
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    From what i hear its low end for cutting. It just doesn't have the juice to cut efficiently. If your looking to get into that world, look into the griot g9. I hear good things about it, and for the price it seems to be good balance performance/price wise
     
  20. Mar 4, 2020 at 11:11 AM
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    What do you mean by cutting? I'm looking for a good polisher to remove swirls and am inexperienced in this arena.
     

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