Took Curt's suggestion and bought a DA polisher. Wow...

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Took Curt's suggestion and bought a DA polisher. Wow...

Post by long0281 » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:28 am

A couple years ago, Curt created a thread about the Porter Cable 2474XP Dual-Action Polisher [if I knew how to link to it, I would]. I've been contemplating one ever since, and I finally broke down and bought one.

I used Meguiars M80 Speed Glaze instead of the M105/M205 combo (my paint is single stage, and I thought the M105 might be a bit too aggressive.)

The results are AMAZING- Wow. 12 hrs and $200 well spent. I thought my paint looked good before, but this is like night and day. The car looks like it just rolled off the assembly line.

If I were to do it again, I think I'd step up to the M83 or ScratchX, but the M80 got rid of 75-80% of my swirl marks. I highly recommend the 2474XP.

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Post by foxystealth » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:44 am

Hmm... I may have to look into getting one of these for myself as a Christmas present or something. I've been wanting to step my detailing game up to the next level for a while now. My tiny little $15 orbital buffer just isn't 'cutting' it for me anymore :P
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Post by curt_gendron » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:22 pm

If I was going to start over again, I'd buy this kit: http://www.autogeek.net/porter-cable-meguiars-kit.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by foxystealth » Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:55 am

curt_gendron wrote:If I was going to start over again, I'd buy this kit: http://www.autogeek.net/porter-cable-meguiars-kit.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
What is it you like most about that kit... is it the pads or the product? Reason I ask is that I just bought a bunch of Meguiar's Ultimate Compound and Polish on sale a couple months ago, so I probably need to use that stuff up. I could get just the polisher, pads (3 each of the orange/gray CCS) and backing plate separately, and it would come to about $180. The only other thing I think I would be missing from getting the kit (besides the product) would be the microfiber cloths and the free bonus wax pads.
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Post by curt_gendron » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:31 am

The 105 and 205 compounds are very effective. You could certainly buy one of the kits that has no compounds and use up what you have first. But I'd bet they won't be as good as the 105/205 combo.

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Post by foxystealth » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:25 am

Yeah, I wish I would have seen this before I bought all that stuff... I didn't even really need it at the time, but I can't pass up a killer sale, lol. The Ultimate stuff doesn't seem too shabby though. Jeremy just recently bought a BLACK 2004 Camry Solara for his DD, and it was very badly swirl-marked. I spent about 2 days going over it with my little orbital buffer w/terry bonnet and the Ultimate compound and polish, and managed to get about maybe 80% of the swirls out. I would imagine with the higher-speed polisher and some cutting pads I would get better results.

Thanks for the info Curt!
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Post by mjannusch » Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:22 am

I received this setup as a birthday present and might have some time to work with it on the Spyder. After I brought the car home from the Cookout last year when the sun was going down I could really notice a lot of swirl marks in the paint that need to be buffed out (probably still there from the car living in the Nevada desert and being washed with who-knows-what before I bought it). Are there some recommended buffing/polishing/waxing tutorials out on the internet somewhere for this? I had one of the cheapie polishers before, but this Porter Cable setup seems a lot more serious and I want to do it right the first time.
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Post by curt_gendron » Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:15 pm

When I was getting started I watched a bunch of the videos on Autogeek: http://www.autogeek.net/detailingtips.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

When you have time, go through all the videos that might pertain to you. It was pretty helpful for me.

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Post by foxystealth » Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:46 am

Ordering one this week for my b-day present, woohoo!!
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