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  • Anyone using a porter cable polisher?

    With spring around the corner and my old beginners polisher that was oscillating finally crapping the bed, I am looking for a new polisher... I found this guys videos on Youtube and thought they were pretty damn informative. He mainly uses the porter cable polisher and seems to demonstrate its capabilities real well...anyone else using this product?


    2002 SOM Z28 Camaro
    1996 3800 camaro- Gone - still the fastest N/A Canadian 3.8L F-body
    V6 best: 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


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    I personally use a Groit's random orbital, if I could do it again I would get a buffer that you can change out the heads to go to the smaller pads.

    I follow a detailing board, and none of the professionals use Porter Cable polishers. At the end of the video, I like how this guy proves his point by showing no blue paint on the pad. It actually takes some work to burn through the clear with Meguiars M105.

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    • #3
      What drew me to this polisher is this guys video - the porter cable is a variable speed polisher so I can get it moving faster than an orbital polisher to get some nicer results, but I have been worried about burning paint on my car because let's face it, I've never used anything more than an orbital polisher before.

      What buffer have you been looking at that you can change heads?

      2002 SOM Z28 Camaro
      1996 3800 camaro- Gone - still the fastest N/A Canadian 3.8L F-body
      V6 best: 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


      My Current Build | Synthetic Oil | Videos

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      • #4
        Its been awhile since I've looked, and It looks like Griots offers a new backing plate to run their 3" pads with the standard 6" dual action. I'll probably order that today, but I still want to get a high end Flex, or Rupes at some point.

        I wouldn't worry about burning the paint as much as getting swirls from an orbital. I think the key with paint correction is knowing what can/cannot be fixed, patience, and moving through various pads with various compounds to use the least aggressive combination to get slightly positive results that you can repeat over and over.

        If you invest in a polisher, make sure you get a ton of microfiber towels. I dirty about 6 each time I do anything above and beyond a standard wash.

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        • #5
          but as long as you are moving the polisher around you aren't going to get swirls no? And yes, can never have enough microfiber towels. I go through more than 6 when I am working on the car

          2002 SOM Z28 Camaro
          1996 3800 camaro- Gone - still the fastest N/A Canadian 3.8L F-body
          V6 best: 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


          My Current Build | Synthetic Oil | Videos

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LETZRIDE View Post
            He mainly uses the porter cable polisher and seems to demonstrate its capabilities real well...anyone else using this product?

            Me

            https://www.autogeek.net/porter-cable-7424xp.html
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            • #7
              Robert do you find it easy to use? Have you gotten swirl marks on your vehicles when using it? What are some things you love and hate about it?

              2002 SOM Z28 Camaro
              1996 3800 camaro- Gone - still the fastest N/A Canadian 3.8L F-body
              V6 best: 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


              My Current Build | Synthetic Oil | Videos

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LETZRIDE View Post
                Robert do you find it easy to use? Have you gotten swirl marks on your vehicles when using it? What are some things you love and hate about it?
                I like it

                No - I'm still searching for the polish that will REMOVE the swirls I have in my black paint.

                Pros - handling

                Cons - none at this time
                Robert - owner www.FirebirdV6.com "Mid-life crisis? I'm way beyond that!"

                1996 Black Firebird GTxxxRam Air V6 w/ M5xxxwww.FirebirdGT.com

                Raven

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                • #9
                  I found this guys videos pretty damn informative when it came to polishing and although I haven't tried any of what he has said yet, I intend to when I do my car this spring...he likes to talk a lot but he seems to really know his stuff - maybe it'll help you a bit? I know I have some marks I want to clean up on this car this year. All of this makes me lean more and more to the porter cable polisher too










                  2002 SOM Z28 Camaro
                  1996 3800 camaro- Gone - still the fastest N/A Canadian 3.8L F-body
                  V6 best: 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


                  My Current Build | Synthetic Oil | Videos

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                  • #10
                    I realize this is a month old thread, but I still use a PC on many of my detailing jobs. I have a large variety of pad sizes & densities, and I use them with either Menzerna or Adams' products. I also have a standard variable speed (non-orbital) polisher for really heavy duty jobs, but I mostly use the PC for fine scratches. It's the first gen model and still works great.

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                    • #11
                      How do you feel it is suited for a beginner? I have only used those random orbital polishers...

                      2002 SOM Z28 Camaro
                      1996 3800 camaro- Gone - still the fastest N/A Canadian 3.8L F-body
                      V6 best: 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


                      My Current Build | Synthetic Oil | Videos

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                      • #12
                        I've still got my PC 7424XP. Used it on all of our cars (both single stage & clear coat paints) with great success. It's a great dual action polisher for beginners and hobby detailing.

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                        • #13
                          Do you guys have recommendations for pads you use on the porter cable? How aggressive of a polishing compound do you use as well for lighter scratches?

                          2002 SOM Z28 Camaro
                          1996 3800 camaro- Gone - still the fastest N/A Canadian 3.8L F-body
                          V6 best: 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


                          My Current Build | Synthetic Oil | Videos

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                          • #14
                            I enjoyed the Lake Country pads that I got with the PC as a kit. They're pretty solid and lasted quite a while. I need to replace them and am considering another set or Chemical Guys' Hex-Logic series as replacements (cheaper). I bought some of the CG brand pads for my father-in-law for Christmas and he seems to have enjoyed them so far.

                            For me, compound comes down to the surface finish (single stage vs multi stage), location, and how deep the scratch is. Since most of my correction is with softer single stage paint, I tend to use the equivalent of Meguiar's M205 with an orange pad for most heavy scratches and work my way down from there (not as aggressive of a combo compared to most since I tend to err on the side of caution). For lighter scratches on clear coat, you could probably get away with M205 and a less aggressive pad.

                            I would recommend doing some reading on some of the detailing forums. Autogeek is old school compared to others these days, but still has good info. Chemical guys and a few other brands also have useful tutorials on their blogs too.
                            Last edited by pace2006; 05-08-2018, 01:40 PM.

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