Looking to start detailing/paint correcting my car. Which polisher would you recommend for a newbie?
lol not quiet but the polisher I have does make it easy. Not saying you can't get results with the porter cable because you can. But it takes a quarter of the time to get the same results or better with a flex. So what would take you a day would take you three or more with a porter cable. To me that's worth the extra money. Another thing to note is the porter cable is really really loud! The flex isn't as loud. The rupes is very quiet you can speak normally and have a conversation with someone. Forceofwill has a rupes. He used to have a porter cable. So you should pm him for his opinion in the two cause he has done full cars with both. And he too just recently started doing his cars and with the rupes it turns a novice into pro.max5ive0 said:Justin is practically a pro, so it might make sense for him to drop 3-4 Bills on a polisher. I am a novice and I am quite happy with my PorterCable. I also have received very complimentary remarks about the shine of my car from a Very highly respected detailer, so I guess it worked for me.
there is really only one model porter cable people usecolticus said:Thanks for the suggestions Justin. I didn't realize they were that high in price.
I think those are a little out of my budget though.
max50- which model do you have?
You mean I have to upgrade already? I went with the Flex on Justin's recommendation and for a beginner I was amazed how easy it was to use and with the results from my first time polishing my car.Justin said:Most will say a porter cable.....I say skip it it takes forever and is quickly out grown. Go with either a flex or rupes 21
Having seen both in action I would go with the rupes
Here is the flex its what I have now
Now is a good time to buy as all buffers are 25% off on auto geek
the difference between the flex and rupes isn't worth the switch if you already have one. So you are good Rick lol. If you have neither then just get the rupes.NFSBOSS said:You mean I have to upgrade already? I went with the Flex on Justin's recommendation and for a beginner I was amazed how easy it was to use and with the results from my first time polishing my car.
you will thank me in the long run trust me. It's like hoping out of a Chevy chevette and getting into a f40. Both cars will get you where you need to go but the f40 will get you there faster...easiest terms I can put them in lol.max5ive0 said:Damn, now I guess I need to start saving some cash. ThAnks a lot Justin!
Justin said:you will thank me in the long run trust me. It's like hoping out of a Chevy chevette and getting into a f40. Both cars will get you where you need to go but the f40 will get you there faster...easiest terms I can put them in lol.
you would have to focus on a very small area for a few mins to burn through the clear. if you have the technic down with the griots you should have no problem stepping up to the flex or rupes.Twins said:Justin:
The Griots garage one is idiot proof (which is perfect for me) and I've never burned paint but I understand that it probably does not work as well as a higher end unit. I have no problem springing for one of the two you mention above but what type of precautions do I need to take? I'm assuming they are a lot more powerful then the Griot's unit (which I think is a rebranded Porter Cable) or can I safely use them without fear of burning paint and/or creating problems in the paint rather then making things look great. the Griot's unit has worked well for me as my paint is in good shape but I can tell it could be better.
Justin said:you would have to focus on a very small area for a few mins to burn through the clear. if you have the technic down with the griots you should have no problem stepping up to the flex or rupes.
its the forced rotation for the flexTwins said:Good to hear. I assumed that they would be more powerful and burn through rather quickly. If that is not the case, what is it that makes them perform better.
I will of course take a practice run on my 9 year old van before ever touching the Boss with the polisher.
lol I promise you you wont get the results that you will with a machine.BLAZN BOSS said:I use the one my Mom & Dad made 53 years ago, there's a left hand one and a right hand one. Runs off water or gatorade and always leaves an excellet shine everytime and without swirls! 8), I dont think you can find one in the stores, I'd let you use mine but they only work for me!
are you trying to say a DA causes these? DA's are used to remove swirls not create them. the other two are pretty well impossible to do unless you just turn it on and let it sit in one spot for half an hour....BLAZN BOSS said:yeah your right, swirls, burnt paint, clearcoat mars............My first place trophies prove my elbow grease works. BUT to each his own.