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Default DA Dual Action Polisher. What's a entry level value budget deal?

You use the DA just to do the compound and/or polish step?
You DA the polish, and wipe it off by hand?
Do you also use DA to spread wax? or to remove wax?

I want to get a cheap basic one.
Know a good deal?
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You use the DA just to do the compound and/or polish step?
Yes. I highly recommend you watch many videos to get the right information and process to know how to use a DA polisher.

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You DA the polish, and wipe it off by hand?
Yes. Again watching videos will help you out.

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Do you also use DA to spread wax? or to remove wax?
You can if you want to. It's less labor intensive when applying by DA. It comes down to user preference.

Removing by hand still works best.


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I want to get a cheap basic one.
Know a good deal?
Harbor freight has a good one. It's affordable and works very well. There is a 25% coupon floating around online that will save you more money.

Be sure to get a better backing plate as the one that comes with it is not good. I recommend a 5" lake country backing plate with 5.5" lake country flat pads in orange (compound), white (polish) and black (wax).

DA
http://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-va...her-69924.html

Backing plate
http://www.autogeek.net/lc43125.html

Pads
http://www.autogeek.net/lake-country...d-pad-kit.html

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Default Re: DA Dual Action Polisher. What's a entry level value budget deal?

What is bad about the HF backing plate?
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Default Re: DA Dual Action Polisher. What's a entry level value budget deal?

How many polishing discs do you need for 1 car?
I assume the foam discs get dirty?

I don't think I will ever use cutting/compound.
Too risky to attack the precious clear coat.
Once the clear is used up, it's $8000 for a paint job.
I only will ever clay & polish

Wow, those accessories are crazy expensive!
$17 for a round plate? Is it made of gold??
$35 for 6 foam discs!?! WTF?
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The part 1/2/3 videos are awful.
30 mins. of babbling and he doesn't just SHOW HOW TO DO IT.....
You gotta ne kidding me.
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Default Re: DA Dual Action Polisher. What's a entry level value budget deal?

Understanding the concepts are important. Mike is one of the best. Learn from him.
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What is bad about the HF backing plate?
It's not stable. It wobbles and is essentially terrible. Plenty of threads over on autogeek about it. HF pads are also junk. They fall apart a few minutes after you use them.

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How many polishing discs do you need for 1 car?
I assume the foam discs get dirty?

I don't think I will ever use cutting/compound.
Too risky to attack the precious clear coat.
Once the clear is used up, it's $8000 for a paint job.
I only will ever clay & polish

Wow, those accessories are crazy expensive!
$17 for a round plate? Is it made of gold??
$35 for 6 foam discs!?! WTF?
Prices may be high but in the long run but as the saying goes you get what you pay for. I posted these links as a reference. Shop around and you can find something more affordable. Autogeek is always having sales.

Foam discs get dirty. I posted the video on how to clean on the fly. There is also a pad brush you can buy to clean on the fly. Once you are done you can use soap and water to clean them out.

If you are only going to polish then get 2-3 polishing pads and 1-2 wax pads.


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The part 1/2/3 videos are awful.
30 mins. of babbling and he doesn't just SHOW HOW TO DO IT.....
You gotta ne kidding me.
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Understanding the concepts are important. Mike is one of the best. Learn from him.
Exactly this. You need to understand what is involved in the polishing process. Each car is different and responds differently. Mike Phillips is one of the best. Mothers videos and the one's of Mike are great ways to grasp the idea. Junkman may be the other videos to check out.

I watched lots of videos prior to me using a DA. Best way is to research, research and do more research until you understand the overall concept.
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Default Re: DA Dual Action Polisher. What's a entry level value budget deal?

The best way to get a good polisher inexpensively is to get one from someone upgrading to a nicer unit.

I have a Flex but kept my DA but others will sell their machines. The Rupes polisher has likely cause more to sell their lesser powered DA's (like the Porter Cable). They can still do useful work.
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Default Re: DA Dual Action Polisher. What's a entry level value budget deal?

The real questions are, do you need to compound? Do you need paint correction? What's wrong with the paint now and what have you tried and with what method.

And as abnot asked in another thread, if the paint is in bad condition, what are you going to change in your routine to prevent it from happening again?

Time and time again when I talk to guys on the phone with paint "swirl" issues, they're either washing with no car wash (just water), washing with a small towel or leather chamois, or drying with a leather chamois -- or a combination of any of those three.
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