DA Polisher for begainers.

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by johnlewis1964, Nov 10, 2018 at 1:27 PM.

  1. johnlewis1964

    johnlewis1964 Active Member

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    Hi folks I need to remove swirl marks and was wondering what is a good reasonable prices polisher for a begainer and what compond should I get many thanks for advice.
     
  2. AltonAnt

    AltonAnt Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    The Argos one is ok. It does the job but really needs a smaller backing plate and pads.
    I bought it on offer for £47 and ordered a 5" plate and 5.5" 'hexlogic' type pads on ebay for around £10.
    The cable is a little short but otherwise no issues. It is identical to many others sold by Halfords etc except lower priced.
    I use the Meguires ultimate compound which Halfords stock.
     
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    Chrishazle Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Have a look on ultimatefinish.co.uk for a starter kit. I bought a Kestrel DAS6 years ago, cost about £100 but is easy to use - i'd never used one before, and it transformed my 968 coupe bodywork. There are many paint correction fluids - Farecla is one well known brand, I use 3M Perfectit after seeing it used at a high end bodyshop we visit annually with PCGB. Equally there are many different pads, I use mainly Sonax but have also bought a couple of 3M blue pads for the Perfectit polish.

    Before getting stuck in with a DA, you first need to prep the car thoroughly - a good wash, maybe a decontaminate with something like IronX, then clay the car, I use the Bilt Hamber clay as it only needs water as a lubricant, and 1/4 of the bar is enough for 1 car. Then the DA and paint correction fluid / polish, finally wax.

    Welcome to the OCD world of car detailing!:D:D:D:wallbash:
     
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    Chrishazle Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I forgot something important - 3M 25mm blue masking tape to mask off shut lines, panel edges etc before using the DA.
     
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    johnlewis1964

    johnlewis1964 Active Member

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    Thanks so much guys.
     
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    daveenty Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    This is what I use on my cars. I also use a green hex-logic pad which suits my needs. It's sort of in between the ones advertised in the link above in cutting power and is allegedly used by Mercedes themselves.

    Be very careful if buying pads from "the bay of dreams" by the way as there are a lot of poor quality copies out there which can do more harm than good. Try to get genuine Chemical Guys ones for consistency.
     
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    PaulXC Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thats exactly what I bought - works a treat!
     
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    PaulXC Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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