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Plug in polishers

Are those polishers that you plug into mains or fag lighter any good? I presume you get what you pay for. I dont mind washing my car it the polishing or waxing that winds me up. Maybe i should change to a different wax that is really easy to remove?
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Are those polishers that you plug into mains or fag lighter any good? I presume you get what you pay for. I dont mind washing my car it the polishing or waxing that winds me up. Maybe i should change to a different wax that is really easy to remove?
No, they're terrible.

If you want a wax thats easy to use go for something like Raceglaze Natural Carnauba Wax Finishing Polish, and get yourself a decent microfibre cloth with a thick pile for buffing off.
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I do mine by hand but Autoexpress recently did a test on them.

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My Mrs. will do the polishing without being plugged into the mains

The mains ones with the two handles on are not too bad but they are not particularly cheap either for what you get.I paid around £120 for my polisher which sort of illustrates what you get for £30 from Halfords. Machine polishing is best left to the experts IMHO. You can do alot of damage very quickly if you don't know what you are doing and its still hard work, just different!

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No, they're terrible.

If you want a wax thats easy to use go for something like Raceglaze Natural Carnauba Wax Finishing Polish, and get yourself a decent microfibre cloth with a thick pile for buffing off.
Ok cheers but at 45/65 a tube it must be good?

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My Mrs. will do the polishing without being plugged into the mains

The mains ones with the two handles on are not too bad but they are not particularly cheap either for what you get.I paid around 120 for my polisher which sort of illustrates what you get for 30 from Halfords. Machine polishing is best left to the experts IMHO. You can do alot of damage very quickly if you don't know what you are doing and its still hard work, just different!
What you paid 120 for your mrs? Where from i will have 2! Seriously, i could pay 120 for one but i am not going to i carn't justify it to myself. I did have a quick look on ebay and there is loads of them on there that have only bin used once so that says it all really.
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I've got 2 mains ones and they are great! One large and one small, both from Argos some time back Good price too!
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I've got 2 mains ones and they are great! One large and one small, both from Argos some time back Good price too!
Will give em a whirl but as a precaution will try it on my old dears car first
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You have to resist the temptation to press hard - let the machine do the work
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why what happens? scratches?
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They can bog down. Also, in extreme circumstances, as with any polisher, you could friction burn the paint.
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Ok cheers but at 45/65 a tube it must be good?
Not those ones, although they are excellent they're not quick. This is the one I meant: Race Glaze Ltd ::: crem perfection carnauba wax polish, car shampoo, clay bar, car wax
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They can bog down. Also, in extreme circumstances, as with any polisher, you could friction burn the paint.
Will go steady thanks for your words of wisdom

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Not those ones, although they are excellent they're not quick. This is the one I meant: Race Glaze Ltd ::: crem perfection carnauba wax polish, car shampoo, clay bar, car wax
Had a quick look sounds good i like that hosepipe nozzle thing its a good idea. Will investigate further cheers
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Would recommend : Meguiars G220 polishing kits
 
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They are megga expensive though unless you are a semi pro or ultra regular user.
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How much!? Thanks for the reccomendation ya lordship but bit rich for my blood. As SR says best leave this to the professionals. Do people really spend that much on this kind of stuff?
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Used wrong even the expensive ones will damage the paint. I have the Argos one and it does the job, as Squadrone Rosso says let the machine do the work. More money does not mean it does the job better, its down to the operator skills. As they say, a poor craftsman blames the tools.
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For best results use a Poter Cable 7424 with sonus pads. These are 110v so you will need a transformer and cable

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How much!? Thanks for the reccomendation ya lordship but bit rich for my blood. As SR says best leave this to the professionals. Do people really spend that much on this kind of stuff?
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For best results use a Poter Cable 7424 with sonus pads. These are 110v so you will need a transformer and cable
Although possibly not as easy to use for a beginner - you have to be more careful because of the speed and hence heat generated..
 
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Although possibly not as easy to use for a beginner - you have to be more careful because of the speed and hence heat generated..
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For beginners I would 100% recommend the G-220 and Sonus Package.

Then you have an excellent machine and as skill / confidence improve you can if you need to experiment with different pads / polishes although the 3 Sonus SFX1,2,3 ones are very good - top notch

Today I experimented (with the Sonus kit) on a really badly swirled black bonnet and made the swirls disappear to leave a super glossy finish..

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Roof relection shot all swirls removed

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Roof relection shot all swirls removed

Very nice... Hanging all that above your Bella must be scary though..
Looking at it again that's a decent height garage roof or you car is in a pit of some sort
 
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Thanks, ALL hanging stuff has now been removed as yes it was a bit of a worrie
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