Got a gift card at Lowes v.Polisher (I already read the sticky)

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  1. forgotmyname

    forgotmyname Active Member

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    Have a $300 gift card at Lowes and was looking for a Polisher. I only have two choices.

    A cheap $40 Black&Decker 6" Random Orbit Waxer

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    or this more serious $160 Dewalt 7" Single Speed Corded Polisher

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    Which one is the best choice for a beginner?
     
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    Single speed :nono:

    That random orbital will probably bog down with any kind of pressure, making it good for only exactly what it's name suggest- waxing.
     
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    Yeah I was kinda thinking about that being a red flag (single speed).

    So pretty much, I should just stick to that cheap Black & Decker for waxing eh? I mean, it is not like I have that many choices there.
     
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    I've never used that Black & Decker, just going off experience with orbitals that either aren't a Porter Cable/G110 style polisher with a powerful motor or aren't pneumatic sanders- making them good for nothing except placebo polishing.

    You'd be better off selling that gift card for .90 on the dollar and using the cash to get the right tool for the job.
     
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    Aren't pneumatic sanders too much for car paint?
     
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    The Dewalt is an excellent rotary but the learning curve is pretty steep. You'd probably have to buy a couple fenders from a body shop or wrecking yard to practice on. Honestly though, Lowe's isn't the place to be shopping for a car polisher. You can get a pretty good wet/dry vacuum, halogen light stand and probably microfiber towels there.
     
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    Are you talking about the DeWalt that I just posted?

    Btw, is that sanding tool a good choice for a polishing method. I am only posting Lowes because of the giftcard.

    Speaking of such, what's a good speed for polishing and waxing?
     
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    Exactly what I was going to post. Vac, halogen stand, extensions, tool bag for polishes/towels/spray bottles, etc.

    That Dewalt posted is a single speed.
     
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    No, he's not.... he's talking about the DW849; which isn't what you posted.

    I'd agree with these guys though, you'd be far better served to spend that $300 on other equipment and supplies, and buy the right tool for the right job when it comes to a paint polisher. Trying to use just any random orbital sander isn't going to give you the kind of results you're after.
     
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    I'd imagine the lightstand is because these jobs are supposed to be done at night and not on sunlight, so the wax doesn't eat out the paint, right.

    Btw, I am definitely going to get some microfiber towels, but I already have a vaccum that I've used numerous times for my car.
     
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    Have you read the EDU thread yet? If not, please start there.
     
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    Yeah I did.
     
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    As a matter of fact, it doesn't say if I can use a sander as a polisher, unless I change the rpms and put a polisher buffer.

    I am looking at this Dewalt 5" Variable sander and it goes from 7000rpms to 15k.

    I am thinking 7000rpms is still too fast for polishing cars since I'll be applying most of the wax by hand.

    First time I did it on my car, it came out nice. Second time, not so good (white lines and stuff like that)
     
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    Don't use a rake to dig a hole.
     
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    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    If you truly did read the EDU, have read the responses to this thread, and are still asking questions like this, my hope for you is minimal at best. Sorry.
     
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    actually, you can custom order things from Lowes and they carry Porter Cable. Go to the tools department and ask them to order in a PC for you and you can use the card towards that. I used to work there and did it myself. No problems
     
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    Thanks a lot.
     

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