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Old 01-24-2014, 12:35 PM   #1
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Can I find a good one for under $50?

How useful are these things? I have no experience
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:44 PM   #2
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here. http://www.autogeek.net/porter-cable-7424xp.html
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:00 PM   #3
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Can I find a good one for under $50?

How useful are these things? I have no experience
Hi JetBlack,

It's very hard to find a good polisher for $50 or under, even if it's a used Porter Cable 7424 random orbital. As mentioned, the Porter Cable 7424xp is a great starter unit, especially when paired with 5.5" pads. We have some pre-made kits available, such as the Porter Cable 7424XP 5.5" Starter Kit, but I'd be more than happy to put together a custom kit for you with a couple polishes and appropriate pads.

To further answer your questions, the Porter Cable 7424xp polisher is very useful because it speeds up any paint polishing compared to doing it by hand, but even more so because it can accomplish much better results than you could ever get by hand.

You're basically looking at obtaining the following in order to properly polish your paint:
- A polisher such as the PC 7424XP
- 3-4 different types of pads and probably anywhere from 3-6 of each type, depending on your car size (I prefer 5.5" foam pads as they work really well with the PC... they're large enough to make quick work of polishing and small enough to correct swirl marks and other defects really well)
- 2-4 different polishes that work well with your paint (for jet black you usually need 3 different polishes as it can be very finicky so you want to be prepared)
- 10-20 microfiber towels for removing polish residue

Hope that answers your question and as I said, if you'd like I'll be more than happy to put together a kit for you.

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Old 01-27-2014, 08:09 PM   #4
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i used this. worked good for the price. u can also get a 20% off coupon make it cheaper. its not that hard, just time consuming

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-va...her-69924.html
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:27 AM   #5
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Hi JetBlack,

It's very hard to find a good polisher for $50 or under, even if it's a used Porter Cable 7424 random orbital. As mentioned, the Porter Cable 7424xp is a great starter unit, especially when paired with 5.5" pads. We have some pre-made kits available, such as the Porter Cable 7424XP 5.5" Starter Kit, but I'd be more than happy to put together a custom kit for you with a couple polishes and appropriate pads.

To further answer your questions, the Porter Cable 7424xp polisher is very useful because it speeds up any paint polishing compared to doing it by hand, but even more so because it can accomplish much better results than you could ever get by hand.

You're basically looking at obtaining the following in order to properly polish your paint:
- A polisher such as the PC 7424XP
- 3-4 different types of pads and probably anywhere from 3-6 of each type, depending on your car size (I prefer 5.5" foam pads as they work really well with the PC... they're large enough to make quick work of polishing and small enough to correct swirl marks and other defects really well)
- 2-4 different polishes that work well with your paint (for jet black you usually need 3 different polishes as it can be very finicky so you want to be prepared)
- 10-20 microfiber towels for removing polish residue

Hope that answers your question and as I said, if you'd like I'll be more than happy to put together a kit for you.

Thanks!
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Thanks Ivan!

How much of a difference does a polisher make as compared to hand polishing? Will it make my paint really glossy? My paint is in very good condition now, I just want it to be shinnier. I'm look for the deep dark wet look.


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i used this. worked good for the price. u can also get a 20% off coupon make it cheaper. its not that hard, just time consuming

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-va...her-69924.html
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:12 PM   #6
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Thanks Ivan!

How much of a difference does a polisher make as compared to hand polishing? Will it make my paint really glossy? My paint is in very good condition now, I just want it to be shinnier. I'm look for the deep dark wet look.

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No clue how I missed this post, I apologize for the slow response.

The difference in machine vs hand polishing is huge. Aside from the obvious ease of use and quicker results, the polisher is able to better level the paint and remove more defects. I'm not sure about the situation of your paint at present in terms of swirl marks or other paint defects, but the best way to make paint shinier is to correct these defects and let the actual color come through. This can be done somewhat easily with a polisher. Hope that explains it and again sorry about the slow reply.

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Old 03-16-2014, 08:16 PM   #7
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I'm going to look at one at the one at Harbor Freight, have read some good reviews on them, around 60.00. Not bad for a couple times a year and for 9.00 you can get a 2 year extended warranty.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:16 PM   #8
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HF isnt bad for the money especially if you use it once a year.
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Old 03-26-2014, 02:44 AM   #9
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I have Honda Hybrid and mostly i wash my car myself. I used PKC0VC Car Polisher 6" for my my car. It's very cheap i get this only $18. It's cheap and perfect for any car. I saw a car dealer used this machine for their cars shining. So that is the reason i get this machine and it's working very well.
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