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    thinking of getting a da polisher, but just wanted to know if you can use a normal polish with it..i.e ag super resin polish ? also can you buff the polish off with one of these machines?

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    I have a Porta Cable DA machine. With various Sonus SFX and DAS pads They come in various colours( the different colour is the grade for its application).
    You can use any polish you like. I use Meguires # 80, #82,#83 and AG, srp.
    With a polishing mop/bonnet you can buff off the polish and buff up the canuba wax of sealent with it too. It does take all the hard work out of it all.

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    hmmm this might make it worthwhile getting one.

    I'd like one to deal with my swirls but was concerned I would never use it again. But if it can be used to apply/buff polish and buff of wax then it might be worthwhile. getting fed up with sore arms! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by knoxvillain View Post
    hmmm this might make it worthwhile getting one.

    I'd like one to deal with my swirls but was concerned I would never use it again. But if it can be used to apply/buff polish and buff of wax then it might be worthwhile. getting fed up with sore arms! lol
    my thoughts exactly, didn't really want to spend between £75 and £145 for something i would only use once, i can't seem to find any information regarding buffing the polish off with a da but a friend of mine said he had used one for this and that the shine it gave was far better than when buffed off by hand? and to be honest since joining this forum i seem to have developed a bit of an obsession with cleaning my car!! but now my elbows hurt constantly!! figured a machine polisher might help

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    Quote Originally Posted by knoxvillain View Post
    hmmm this might make it worthwhile getting one.

    I'd like one to deal with my swirls but was concerned I would never use it again. But if it can be used to apply/buff polish and buff of wax then it might be worthwhile. getting fed up with sore arms! lol
    I have the G220 and spent almost 20 hours 6 months ago getting the swirls out of the car. I am very careful in how I wash the car (2 bucket and lots of care). Noticed that I was getting a few more marks on the car, so started again last weekend - did the boot, back bumper, doors (both sides) before it disappeared into the garage (Aaaaarghh).

    They swirls, lines came out really easily - which made me think that they may have only been in the wax (probably put 9 layers of collinite on since I did the correction.)

    My point is that a once over will get rid of the swirls etc, but it is not a guarentee that you wont get some more. They are a good investment, once I am happy with the surface they are excellent at putting a glaze on. They do take a lot of elbow grease out of the equation.

    The DA are slower at working most polishes in my opinion, but they are a lot safer than a rotary. I do have the urge to get a rotary having spent a lot of time on the Meguirs DA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcwharam View Post
    I have the G220 and spent almost 20 hours 6 months ago getting the swirls out of the car. I am very careful in how I wash the car (2 bucket and lots of care). Noticed that I was getting a few more marks on the car, so started again last weekend - did the boot, back bumper, doors (both sides) before it disappeared into the garage (Aaaaarghh).

    They swirls, lines came out really easily - which made me think that they may have only been in the wax (probably put 9 layers of collinite on since I did the correction.)

    My point is that a once over will get rid of the swirls etc, but it is not a guarentee that you wont get some more. They are a good investment, once I am happy with the surface they are excellent at putting a glaze on. They do take a lot of elbow grease out of the equation.

    The DA are slower at working most polishes in my opinion, but they are a lot safer than a rotary. I do have the urge to get a rotary having spent a lot of time on the Meguirs DA.

    Martin
    just out of interest what made you choose the megs g220 over the others, i.e the kestrel one?

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    i'm looking at the kestrel DA too... think the investment would be worth it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by knoxvillain View Post
    getting fed up with sore arms! lol
    You haven't had sore arms till you have spent a weekend wielding a DA over a car, everything else will be just as sore.

    I prefer to apply and buff waxes by hand, I have used the G220 to apply zaino Z2pro it does make the process quicker but moving the polisher quickly over the car is so alien to the polishing process the machine feels a lot heavier.

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    do you really need to be indoors for swirl removal? I don't have a garage

    The thing that puts me off buying DA or a rotary is the endless choices of pads and polishes. Don't know where to start. Went to a Detailing World detailing/rolling road day but couldn't hear a word the guy was saying because of the cars on the RR

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    Beware !

    Your on the verge of entering the murky world of detailing !
    This will seriously damage your wallet !

    The Porter cable or Meg's G220 are the way to go for safety and are the easiest to use for an enthusiast.

    There are plenty of pads available for these machines an at reasonable prices.



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