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Rotary or DA???

So who uses what and whats your preference??? I started with a rotary and didn't get the best results(holograms and other defects), I've bought a cheap DA and have a great improvement in the results over the rotary. I'm now thinking of selling the rotary and buying a good DA.

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So who uses what and whats your preference??? I started with a rotary and didn't get the best results(holograms and other defects), I've bought a cheap DA and have a great improvement in the results over the rotary. I'm now thinking of selling the rotary and buying a good DA.

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Funny you should say this but Im looking to buy my first polisher and was a little nervous as to wether a rotary one is too brutal or is it that more time and less speed is the best.
Ive seen a silverline kit for 50 all in (new). The da ones seem too mucho moola for my useage?
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yeah i was looking into something to take the arm ache out of polishing.
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I was looking at this as well

Would be good to know anyway
 
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Well, I've just posted my rotary polisher on Ebay for those that are interested.
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If you are starting out I would recommend a DA. I use a Megs G220.

If you are are professional detailer then you will probably be using a rotary.
If you are a weekend detailer then a DA should suffice.
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I fully agree, you need to do your homework before you jump in with a rotary. Good news is someone has just bought my rotary polisher off fleebay.
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If you are starting out I would recommend a DA. I use a Megs G220.

If you are are professional detailer then you will probably be using a rotary.
If you are a weekend detailer then a DA should suffice.
What he said

You will hear people talking about soft paint and hard paint, Alfas are generally soft meaning it swirls easier but is easier to correct so you'll have no problems with a DA.
I prefer the rotary on all paint types/ hardness because it's quieter, less tiring (DA's vibrate because of the "random orbit") and you can burnish the finish to a higher standard. The DA is far safer on plastics for beginners, it took me about two months of using a rotary on metal panels before I would ge near palstics but I'm usually very cautions.

Two things to remember, clay before polishing and use high quality mf's for wipe downs, you don't want to ruin you hardwork with a poor quality cloth
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So long as your car is in decent condition you'll acheive the desired results with a DA. Just might take a bit longer as a DA doesn't brake the polish down as quickly. Plus you could do some serious damage with a rotary unless you have the right technique and experience.

I have the Megs G220 and it is excellent. I would definately go for the DA over the rotary.
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what kind of pad do you need to have on them? i only want something to polish with. and i'll be using an aio polish.
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what kind of pad do you need to have on them? i only want something to polish with. and i'll be using an aio polish.
That's all down to the person using it tbh, some like stiff pads, some like soft pads. I only use Chemical Guys hexlogic and 3M waffle pads (the polishing pads are medium/soft, although cutting pads are stiffer and finishing pads are softer). I used to use serious performace finishing pads for quick enhancements and I will be buying more in the future.

The CG white hexlogic is probably the best for an AIO on the G220 POLISHING PAD FOAM BUFFING PAD
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cheers, thanks for ya help
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I have the G220 and its great. Im a beginner and wouldnt dream of using a rotary tbh. I have used the UDM DA and found the G220 to be better and more comfortable to use although you will get white finger sensation off the vibrations. I have 3M pads and Menz pads but am yet to use the Menz ones which are very hard in comparison to the 3M ones. Theres so many different ones its a headache choosing. With regards to products to use Dodo Juice Lime Prime is a good place to start as its a cleanser with light abrasives. It actually can give a level of correction and isnt harsh so you wont do any harm and will get some good practice.
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Good Grief
I think Ill skip this machine-polishing route it seems a bit too much, both stress and money wise.
Anyone know of a detailer in the Gwent area of S Wales
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It's not at all stressful....in fact the opposite...its quite therapeutic.

Seriously, its tons of fun and gives a great sense of achievement.
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It's not at all stressful....in fact the opposite...its quite therapeutic.

Seriously, its tons of fun and gives a great sense of achievement.
The stress came from reading all the different combos
In all seriousness I was looking for something too make it a bit easier on the old elbow ie buffing but seems them buffers aint even up to taking wax or polish off(if you believe all you read)
Pretty happy with the look of her when done so didnt want anything extreme just too ease the process
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The stress came from reading all the different combos
In all seriousness I was looking for something too make it a bit easier on the old elbow ie buffing but seems them buffers aint even up to taking wax or polish off(if you believe all you read)
Pretty happy with the look of her when done so didnt want anything extreme just too ease the process
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It will help you elbows out but it isn't much quicker. But like springbok said, it's just so satisfying and once you get the hang of it the reults are pretty amazing. You won't regret it at all.
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The finish is on a whole other level than hand polishing i would say from my experience.
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