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Old 02-25-2016, 09:42 AM   #1
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Power Polisher ??

I'm looking for some recommendations for a polisher to use on our coach. I'm that guy that likes to wash and wax myself. We currently have one of those inexpensive orbital polishers but it doesn't seem to have the umph I really would like to have to get the job done.

Unfortunately I am also that guy that reads the reviews and go directly to the one star section and read the 100% negative reviews. So my question is, for those of you abuse yourself like I do, what is your choice of power polishers and what are the pro's and con's to your choice ?

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Old 02-25-2016, 09:54 AM   #2
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I use an Orbital type on mine. Gets the job done to my satisfaction. You may look into the angle head type (looks like an angle grinder a welder would use). Just be careful if you go that route that you don't get too aggressive & burn thru the clear coat. I'm not looking for professional detailing results, just a good coat of wax on mine.
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I use an Orbital type on mine. Gets the job done to my satisfaction. You may look into the angle head type (looks like an angle grinder a welder would use). Just be careful if you go that route that you don't get too aggressive & burn thru the clear coat. I'm not looking for professional detailing results, just a good coat of wax on mine.
Is it one of those inexpensive little Ryobi types or a more heavy duty type that you'd see in a body/detailing shop? I already have this type and it seems underpowered.
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I also have the Porter Cable 7424 and it does a great job "but" I can't even do one half of one side without changing hands and taking a break because the polisher gets so heavy.
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Porter Cable 7424

I also have the Porter Cable 7424 and it does a great job
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Griot's Garage 10813STDCRD 6" Random Orbital Polisher. Hands down the best polisher I have ever owned. Use it on the boat, cars and the motorhome. I even bought the glass pads and use it on the windshield.

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I have a Sears orbital that looks very much like this, and it works well on the clearcoat on our Trek. Of course, there are still a lot of small areas on a motorhome body that must be waxed by hand.

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Is it one of those inexpensive little Ryobi types or a more heavy duty type that you'd see in a body/detailing shop? I already have this type and it seems underpowered.
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Harbor Freight has a copy of the Porter Cable 7424. On sale for $49 this weekend. It and the 7424 are heavy and can make your arm hurt after a hour or more. I do about 1/2 a side at a time. Then each end. That's at least 6 half days. But it does shine when done.


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I have the Porter Cable 7424, but it can get heavy after awhile. I also have the Ryobi pictured above, but one without the handles. It's a 6" palm unit. I bought it at Home Depot for about $25.00. It works really well and won't wear out your arms.
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Portal cable random orbital sander with Griot's garage pads and polish.
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Wax on, wax off. I hire a day labor and supervise. (-:
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Also check out http://www.autogeek.net/ they have a lot of good info too!
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IMHO the random orbital polishers are the way to go. The Porter Cable 7424 seems to be the de facto standard but Harbor Freight sells a random orbital polisher that gets some pretty good reviews. It all depends on your budget.
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