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    Hi guys,

    was looking into all this detailing business and realy like the look of some people cars (may i add especially impressed by 'Gleammachines' e39 touring in the projects thread)

    Wanted to ask for some advice, i'm planning on buying a machine to carry out the detailing. And i know they are expensive but came across this one and was wondering isit any good?

    Doesn't sound bad as I don't detail my car for a living and surely it would only need detailing a couple of times a year?

    heres the link any advice would be great (also of any products such as compounds or polish to use along side, already know about using claybars)

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    Like you I was in the same position and did lots of reading on various sites on what seemed to be a mind field of info. When it came down to it it was piss easy to do really.

    Firstly the stigma associated with rotary polishers I really don't understand. You'd have to be a complete numpty to burn through your paint with it. I mean who in their right mind would hold the thing over one spot?

    I bought that same rotary polisher and my only complaints about it is that it's LOUD and the handle could do with a bit of a refresh for the ergonomics!! Other than that it does the job.

    Picking the products, I'd say for a beginner you'd be impressed with whichever of the leading brands you choose. I went with the menzerna products. Can't remember the exact names but one was a compound with 2500 written on the label and the other was a finishing polish with 4000 written on the label. The numbers are the grit sizes.

    Pads I used the chemical guys orange pads with the compound which worked brilliantly and quickly and then the chemical guys black pad with the finishing polish. I did this on my misses black e46 and I'd say I got out all the swirl marks.

    Methodology I used was fairly simple as I read up on. Slow to start off with 900rpms. (should be 600rpm but the rotary doesn't go that slowly). Anyway this is to work the polish in and start breaking it down. Then up to say 1200 then 1500 then 1200 then 900 and then your done. Moving the pad over the paint at about an inch a second. and trying to give each area 2 passes at each speed. Buff of with a nice microfibre, step back and admire your hard work because trust me...it is HARD work!!!
     
     

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    I would take a visit along the A50 to Mark at Autobrite in Stoke (Fenton). He can advise you as to technique, products, etc.
    I was not brave enough to start with a Rotary, so bought a DA which was a great introduction, you can't go wrong, even my 14 year old has used it. However, preperation is key, otherwise the expression of you can't polish a turd is never more apt.
    I have since bought a FLEX Rotary, however, I had it for Christmas and haven't yet had a chance to use it away from Autobrite. Lively little thing, it seems to be all about being careful .
    I have kept the DA as it will be useful on bumpers, etc.....
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    im actually doing some searching in the same department..

    there are the rotary and the dual action, so which one is better for detailing? im not asking for easier etc, which one gives the best results?

    there is the fear with rotary but really if your doing all this hard work its a bit dumb to leave it in one place, also cant you control the speed on them too?

    im looking at eurocarparts, the meg da polisher is £160.. which sounds good to me, but all the other stuff is like half the price, anyone got any other polisher they would recomment?

    what about these?
    Kestrel DAS6 DA Polisher with 2 Meguiars Pads - Offer! | eBay
    DAS6 500 watt Dual Action Electric Machine Car Polisher **fits meguiars pads** | eBay
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    double post.. sorry
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    I had a Kestrel DA and found it to be good. Same as the Megs DA but half the price

    Better results with the Rotary, have a look/chat with Autobrite, Mark was flogging an ex display FLEX at a good price recently
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    I've got the Megs DA and its superb and made for the job,it's not the cheapest but like most thing,you get what you pay for.
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    Rotary has a much better cut. DA is safe, however can take longer to work heavy imperfections out of BMWs hard paint.

    That's the reason DA is generally used by beginners.

    The chepo on the bay will be fine, with a light polish to start. Something like poor boys SSR-2. SSR-2.5 offers more cut for deeper scratches / swirls etc.

    If it's any help, I started with a rotary and started on the flat pannels such as the boot etc.

    Have a look on detailing world for some great how-to's etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAM 11M View Post
    im looking at eurocarparts, the meg da polisher is £160.. which sounds good to me, but all the other stuff is like half the price, anyone got any other polisher they would recomment?
    This!
    DAS-6 PRO Dual Action Polisher - Menzerna Intro. Kit - Clean Your Car

    I have it. I've given my car a once over with it last summer and it was very easy to use. I was happy with the results.

    Powerful, yet safe. TBH, unless your paint is in awful condition, you won't need any heavy cutting pads or harsh polishes. The two step kit above will be more than sufficient.

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