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Random Orbital Polishers

Sunday, January 24 2010

            Polishing with Gary "Mink" Sabo              

 Lets talk a bit about Dual Action and Random Action Polishing Machines

All buffers are not created equal, and that's a good thing . Rotary machines will be the most common used , and will generate more heat during the buffing process, enabling you to remove sand scratches and some deep imperfections as well as polishing. Orbital and random orbital polishers will generate less heat, be more forgiving and less likely to cause damage to the surface, the orbital family of polishers is limited to how much cutting it can do when heat is needed but excellent for polishing with out causing buffer marks.  Each machine has its own unique function in the work place, later on we will help you to choose the correct machine for the job, along with choosing the proper buffing and polishing pads.   Here is a little info on three machines.

  The Porter Cable 7424XP Orbital Polisher.  It doesn't matter if you're a first time user or a skilled enthusiast, this machine will give you professional-looking results,  it is easy to control and safe for all fiberglass, metal, paint and clear coat finishes. It will not create swirls and can not harm or remove paint or clear coats.
It will allow you to apply a polish and liquid wax or sealant in a fraction of the time it would take by hand and offer deep gloss.

  The Meguiars G-110 weighs in at 5.5 lbs, comes with a 5 inch Hook-and-Loop Backing Plate and has a 4.2 amp motor. It has a speed range of 2560 to 6700 OPM (oscillations per minute), the G-110 is fairly similar to the above Porter Cable 4724XP in function.

  The Flex XC3401VRG is a true dual-action machine.
With the Flex XC3401VRG, the pads do have a forced circular motion, they rotate or "cut". Plus, as the pads rotate, they oscillate, or move, in a random pattern.
One action is the circular rotation and the second action is the random movement of the pad while it is rotating.
This random oscillation also has a exceptionally "long throw" of 8 mm. The forced circular pad rotation coupled with the long throw of the oscillations give the Flex considerably more cutting power.

Good luck and have fun shinin' er up.

Best Regards,

Gary "Mink" Sabo


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