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Old 12-08-2014, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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When I used to work at a Pantera restoration shop we had a guy that owned a detailing company.. He detailed high end cars ONLY...

He went to University to become a bio chemical engineer... He went into that field and realized that he really didn't want to do that.. BUT he loved cars and decided with his background he could detail very well..

Well he used to use products that might cost $.50 a quart or $100 a quart.. Just depended on what ingredients it had.. he also developed his own set of products....

Anyway, he used to say - No matter how good the product, no matter what the claim, if your paint was not good to begin with or was not top notch you were NOT going to get the mirror finish that you might be expecting... In other words, that show car finish would never be achieved on your mom's Oldsmobile like it would be on a show car....

And I believe this.. I have used everything from cheapo polishes and waxes to ultra high end stuff and depending on my paint I would get different results... So it is NOT only in the details and product is HAS to be in the paint to begin with.....
That's true, but in the context of extremes it really isn't helpful to the average person. Most people (presumably, like the OP) do not need a "show car" finish on their daily drivers.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Yep, I have the same Harbor Freight polisher. Great deal
I love mine. I no longer detail professionally but I still do it on the side for spending money. I've used my Harbor Freight DA on probably close to 100 complete details now without a hiccup.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:17 AM
 
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I love mine. I no longer detail professionally but I still do it on the side for spending money. I've used my Harbor Freight DA on probably close to 100 complete details now without a hiccup.
Yep, from what I read it is the same as the HD DA Polisher (which goes for a lot more money)
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Huntsville
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I too have the same HF polisher.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I bought a new, black Saab 9000T in 1986. It was a showroom display model and had some very fine scratches in the hood from sloppy showroom dusting. I mentioned in when dealing on the car and was promised they could remove them if I'd drop the car off for a day. (Dealer was in a different city, 150 miles away.) I brought it back the next week, but instead of "removing" the scratches they introduced a whole new bunch of them with a rotary buffer.

Once again I was asked to bring the car back to have it fixed properly. I did, but it still wasn't fixed. They asked what it would take to satisfy me. I said either a new car or $2K refund. They gave me the refund. Swirls can be pretty tough to remove. I never got rid of them until I traded for a new car a couple years later -- another Saab 9000T.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:16 PM
 
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I bought a new, black Saab 9000T in 1986. It was a showroom display model and had some very fine scratches in the hood from sloppy showroom dusting. I mentioned in when dealing on the car and was promised they could remove them if I'd drop the car off for a day. (Dealer was in a different city, 150 miles away.) I brought it back the next week, but instead of "removing" the scratches they introduced a whole new bunch of them with a rotary buffer.

Once again I was asked to bring the car back to have it fixed properly. I did, but it still wasn't fixed. They asked what it would take to satisfy me. I said either a new car or $2K refund. They gave me the refund. Swirls can be pretty tough to remove. I never got rid of them until I traded for a new car a couple years later -- another Saab 9000T.
That's because you were dealing with a dealer. Go to a professional detailer and see the difference
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:52 PM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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You have to be really careful with a rotary polisher and I would only recommend using one if the paint was bad and if someone really knew what they were doing. Using the right pads for the jobs is very important as well.

I think a lot of people confuse a rotary with an orbital DA such as the porter cable model which is very safe to use on cars.

I detail boats and will use a rotary on them as the DA just doesn't have the power needed. For my car and truck I will never use the rotary but use the DA as it won't mark the paint/clearcoat.
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