We are often asked if polishing paint is better done by hand or machine and the answer is always by machine. The reason is simple, you just can’t get the results by hand that you can achieve by machine. Your hand is not capable of doing the work a machine can do when it comes to paint polishing or even maintaining your finish. It is humanly impossible to osculate your hand evenly over the entire surface of your car at a rate of 2,500-6,800 times per minute.
Absolutely, as long as you are using the correct type of car polisher. There are three basic types of car polishers so choose carefully.
The rotary buffer is a machine should only be used by the experienced professional for severe paint damage correction. The rotary buffer spins at a high rate of speed and in the hands of the inexperienced, it can do more harm than good and can even burn through your paint.
The variable 6 speed, random orbit, dual-action polisher with the correct pad and polish, is capable of removing random isolated scratches, swirl, oxidation, water spots, acid rain etching and bird dropping damage as well as other unfortunate paint defects that stand in the way of that brilliant shine. The variable speed, dual-action polisher like the Porter Cable Car Polisher is also a great maintenance tool for your gloss enhancement polishing, pre-wax cleaning and applying thin, even coats of your favorite car wax, paint sealant or protectant. This tool is effective and very safe!
The common waxing machines that you can pick up at your local auto part stores for about $50 do little more that a jitter action on the paint. They usually come with a cloth bonnet and have little or noting to choose from as far as accessories. These machines can apply your wax but offer very little when it comes to real paint polishing or defect removal. Even if the box says “random orbit” or “variable speed”, don’t be fooled, they will do little more than jiggle on the surface and they do not have the power to effectively perfect and maintain your paint. With this machine, you get what you pay for.
The dual-action polisher like the Porter Cable Car Polisher is the preferred polisher for the professional detailer, serious car care enthusiast and even the beginner who has never even held a polisher in their hands. It is 100% safe for the do-it-yourselfer who wants an automotive polisher that is safe to use and provides amazing results.
Don’t worry, it’s safe and easy! Even if you have never used any type of car polisher, you can successfully polish your car’s paint and achieve that sought after, deep, wet looking shine!
There's a little bit of technique involved, but most people can pick it up it in about 5-10 minutes. The technique is to use overlapping motions and run the polisher over your paint at a nice and slow speed.
Proper machine polishing is as easy as following this simple pattern. Master this and you're on your way!
Note: Not all paint finishes require the entire four-step process. Complete only the steps necessary for the condition or your paint finish.
Here are a few basic car polisher tips to keep in mind while you are learning to polish your car with a dual-action polisher.