No Time
No Time Dork
5/9/20 9:12 p.m.

Looking to get a polisher or buffer for home use. 

I'm looking for recommendations for one that will do a decent job for an amateur. Any recommendation for product to use with it are also appreciated.

I would have preferred to get one that uses the same batteries as my Rigid drill, impact, and heater but it doesn't look like they have an offering. 

We picked up an 2008 SX4 for my oldest son, and he is looking to detail it inside and out. He's also looking at refinishing the wheels with either pair or plastidip.

Here's a pic of the happy young man the day we brought it home:


 

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
5/9/20 9:28 p.m.

I've had a Porter-Cable 7424xp for years, and I love it. Any 6" foam polishing pads will work with it, and you can get them just about anywhere these days. For compounds, Meguiars 105 (heavy cut) and 205 (final polish) are generally considered a pretty good go-to for most jobs.

frenchyd
frenchyd PowerDork
5/9/20 9:55 p.m.

In reply to No Time :

Slow speed, big pad. Is the secret. Brand  is whatever you like  and is on sale. Look at Harbor Freight  if you have no real preference. Stay off the corners and edges. do those by hand. 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise SuperDork
5/10/20 1:46 a.m.

I have the HF 6 inch 

works great 

my pads are from them too. But the Velcro backing of the plate keeps separating 

fasted58
fasted58 MegaDork
5/10/20 5:07 a.m.

Plus one for the Porter Cable polisher, moderately priced. Bought the DA attachment also. Use it 2-3X per year. Shade tree approved, not commercial grade tho. Currently using Chemical Guys pads and chemicals w/ good results. CG can be kinda gimmicky w/ products so choose wisely. 

Lotta detailing videos and product reviews on YT.

Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter)
Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter) Dork
5/10/20 5:28 a.m.

I too have the Porter Cable. When I was buying a buffer I stalked the internet car detailing forums and did my research. The Porter Cable is pretty much the standard for quality at a reasonable price. 

I use Autogeek for all my supplies.  They're always running some sale or incentive to get your business. Their forum board is good too.

When I just now opened their website to get a link for you there was a pop-up 25 dollar coupon. They're always doing something like that. 

A good Porter Cable starter kit

They also have kits without the pads and accesories if you just want the machine itself.

Shadeux (Forum Supporter)
Shadeux (Forum Supporter) Dork
5/10/20 7:19 a.m.

In reply to Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter) :

+1 for Autogeek!

When I went through my detailer phase I bought tons of stuff from them. Always first class service.

 

ultraclyde (Forum Supporter)
ultraclyde (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
5/10/20 7:44 a.m.

Another vote for the Porter Cable. I bought it to buff and polish my old fiberglass boat. I bought stacks of velcro backed wet sanding disks and foam buffing pads off Amazon. Worked my way up from 600 through 1200 grit wet sanding then 3 buffing levels with Meguires Heavy Cut through Polish. Works great.

I need to use it on the hood of my Mustang but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

No Time
No Time Dork
5/10/20 8:06 p.m.

Thanks for the feedback.
 

It seems like the majority recommend the Porter cable, so I will be watching for deals in a few weeks. 

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim MegaDork
5/10/20 8:10 p.m.

Yet another vote for the Porter Cable.

speedmust
speedmust
5/20/20 2:04 a.m.

I have the black and decker rndom orbit. 

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