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Old 06-09-2015, 08:40 PM   #15
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Use Zep and forget about polishing
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:25 AM   #16
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Zep will only get you so far. There are limits to all applications but a polish usually helps restore most finishes to an acceptable level.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:30 AM   #17
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Have to agree with Don, I too have the Porter Cable, and it does get heavy. On the flip side, the Porter Cable is such a great tool, love mine.

Wow, after looking at that Ryobi for $34, that thing looks like a deal, think that Porter Cable was close to $200. Also bet that Ryobi is half the weight maybe even less than the Porter Cable.
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:31 AM   #18
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Just looked up the Ryobi, HD sells them for $25, going to go by and pick one up.
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:55 AM   #19
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re: polishers

Anyone ever seen one built on an extension wand specially for large vehicles? Maybe I can retrofit a lightweight (lithium ion)
string trimmer and replace the head with a buffing wheel I see an investment opportunity.
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I have the one from Harbor Freight also. Its pretty much a knockoff of the popular and much more expensive units.

I had to use a straight buffer with a wool pad on my vectra to get overspray off the thing, then I had to go over it with this dual orbital buffer to get some oxidation off the rest of the 35' beast. It kicked my but using it on a ladder but there really was no other way.
I have painted show cars and have done my share of cutting and buffing...cars are easy, motorhomes suck!

If I had to do it again I would take it to a pro detail shop.

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"DegoRed"......I beat you to it. I stopped by Home Depot and grabbed a new Ryobi and a couple of extra pads. It's a nice little polisher.

I often use my rolling mechanic's chair and just sit and roll down the side of the coach with the polisher. I can usually reach up to about 5 feet high. This keeps a nice coat of wax on the part of the motor home that gets the most abuse.
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"DegoRed"......I beat you to it. I stopped by Home Depot and grabbed a new Ryobi and a couple of extra pads. It's a nice little polisher.

I often use my rolling mechanic's chair and just sit and roll down the side of the coach with the polisher. I can usually reach up to about 5 feet high. This keeps a nice coat of wax on the part of the motor home that gets the most abuse.
Please report back after some heavy use. I use my porter cable on a 40' Cruiser fiberglass hull, my motorhome, trailer and vehicles and it has run flawlessly. Realizing you can buy several Ryobi's for the price of the porter cable, but someone borrowed my porter cable permanently so I need to buy something different.
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I went and picked one up today at HD, can't wait to try it. Still can't believe its only $25, just $7 more than the HF one. I'll take Ryobi any day over HF stuff. It was a little bigger than I expected from picture.
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About a 1/4 to 1/3 bigger than it looks in the picture, but still more usable than my old "palm" model that had a large handle on one side.
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Wanted to post a follow up on the Ryobi Orbital. Had to put a coat of wax on my truck, thought I would break out the Ryobi and test it out. Going to see if HD will take mine back. IMO it just does not have enough power. Would be a perfect little polisher if it had about 30% more get up and go. Can stall it out if I push too hard.

Oh well, had high hopes.
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Wanted to post a follow up on the Ryobi Orbital. Had to put a coat of wax on my truck, thought I would break out the Ryobi and test it out. Going to see if HD will take mine back. IMO it just does not have enough power. Would be a perfect little polisher if it had about 30% more get up and go. Can stall it out if I push too hard.

Oh well, had high hopes.
Thanks for the update, sounds like I need to order my new Porter Cable.
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