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Rotary polishers

Post by deano9621 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:45 am

Anybody use one...and what do you recommend as looking at getting one but not sure which one to go for?
Have been looking at the DeWalt as it has good reviews...but also like the flex model also but more pricey :-k
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Post by DigitalGremlin » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:59 am

Hi dean,

Iv not used the dewalt but you definitely cant go wrong with a flex.

Iv got the flex PE 14-2 150 and its amazing.its a bice weight as in not too heavy and very smooth.

Have you used a rotary before ? What do you currently have /use ?


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Post by warpc0il » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:54 am

Be very careful using a polisher on the 8 as the paint is particularly soft and thin.

It's easy to wear through, especially on raised edges.

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Post by Mpv2k3 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:57 pm

A DA polisher is alot safer than a rotary if your not experienced. Also as mentioned, the rx8 paint is very thin and soft. Joining detailing world forum is a great help and also offers various discounts.
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Re: Rotary polishers

Post by deano9621 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:26 pm

DigitalGremlin wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:59 am
Hi dean,

Iv not used the dewalt but you definitely cant go wrong with a flex.

Iv got the flex PE 14-2 150 and its amazing.its a bice weight as in not too heavy and very smooth.

Have you used a rotary before ? What do you currently have /use ?


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I've been offered a flex PE-14-3 125....was told they are lighter and easier to work with
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Post by DigitalGremlin » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:51 pm

Deffo a great machine if you have a bit of experience with a rotary. I believe it is lighter but i wouldn’t say its any easier to work with unless you are already experienced with a rotary machine .

Reason i was asking what you have or have used is as others have said there is quite a lot to consider.

Agree detailing world is a great resource as is autogeek although US based.

First question is what are you gonna use it on ?.

Being on the rx8 forum id assume an 8 but you might have other cars/bikes. To generalise Japanese cars tend to have softer paint. You might get a better finish and safer procedure using a DA if you have one. And as you know if you used to compounding/polishing your always best to start least aggressive method first and work up.

Saying this though you may have loads of experience and just asking about the machine in which case id say the flex will serve you well.



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Re: Rotary polishers

Post by deano9621 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:32 pm

Had some experience with Rotary's before....and will most probably be using for polishing more than anything else...and will definitely be careful with my R3 paint :thumright:
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Post by DigitalGremlin » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:41 pm

Enjoy whatever machine you go for :)

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Re: Rotary polishers

Post by wiggles » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:46 pm

Just bought a DA polisher myself as chickened out of getting a rotary as I'm a bit heavy handed as it is...

My paint is keyed and ruined in places but at least I can try and make it a bit better if you'd Don't look to closely
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Post by DigitalGremlin » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:54 pm

DA is defiantly the best machine to start with :)

I own i think three da’s all different sizes and have one rotary . Id say 80% of the time i use da and only use the rotary when the da is cutting is abit on the slow side or i need the versatility of the rotary.

You can get amazing results with anything with right technique,products and time.



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Post by DigitalGremlin » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:59 pm

Oh and wiggles I’m sure you have already seen on videos or read online. But a great thing to do before you use your DA is mark your backing plate or top of ya pad with a sharpie .

That way when using your da you have a visual cue and can easily see when the machine is stalling (stops free spinning ) :)


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Re: Rotary polishers

Post by Deathaga » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:26 pm

hi

I've got a dewalt rotary as well as a couple of DA's, with the new longer throw DA's 21mm for example they are seriously more aggressive (in a good way) than my old 15mm DA was.

Using the microfibre system from Meguiars there is very little you cannot get out with a 21mm DA. I got a cheap one off AliExpress which is basically a BigFoot clone. (I couldn't justify 300 quid on a third polisher as its only a hobby)

I would say you can still correct more quicker with a rotary and now I'm used to it, it doesn't scare me as much as it used to, but its still super aggressive and so easy to damage the paint I tend to start with my DA and it solves most issues especially on softer paint cars. When I spray panels the clearcoat/lacquer I use is super hard so can be a right pain to correct after cutting out the orange peel so I use the rotary for the first go at that with a meguiars ultimate compound (its actually pretty good and cheap) with a wool pad or I've just found Poorboys mastercut (they aint kidding) which has to be used with a foam pad. Both benefit from being followed with an actual polish.

Sorry for the long post but hope it helps

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