I'm certainly not new to car cleaning, but my experience only reaches Washing, claying, T-cutting, SRP, and waxing. (I don't T-cut every wash, never T-cutted my Vectra, only when I had a white van, it seemed to be the only thing that got it back to white).
As I live in a flat at the moment, I don't clean my car as much as I would like to, and I have a real interest in machine polishing it to remove all the swirls and making the paintwork the best I can, which leads me onto my next paragraph.
Next Tuesday I will be moving into a house, WITH A DRIVEWAY!! WOOP WOOP! so that will make it really easy to wash and maintain my car! I want to buy a machine polisher. Am I right in saying the 2 different kinds are rotary and orbital, rotary just spinning, and orbital, the whole pad just moving in a circular motion but not spinning. I used to have one of those £30 ones from Halford's with the 2 handles on the side, it was an orbital and it was utter rubbish! So I want to buy a rotary one, and would like you to recommend one to me. I've seen the Silverline ones for really cheap, but do you get what you pay for, and will it be naff?
Also what pads would I need? I have no idea which ones to buy, which ones cut, are they different roughness? I don't want to go and buy a big bumper pack if I'm not going to use them all.
Also what kinds of polish would I need? If it helps, my Vectra looks like it's never been machine polished, and is VERY swirl marked and a few scratches. Do I machine polish plastic body coloured bumpers?
Sorry for all th questions but I want to start off on the right foot with spending as little as possible!