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Roger
09-24-2015, 06:39 AM
Getting close to making an order here.

I think I need to get a good polisher. Looks like going cheap just isn't a good idea. Looked at the PC 7424XP but I think I want to go a little better than that one. Right now, I'm looking hard at the Flex XC 3401 which is a dual-action. I'm also looking at the Torq 22D which is a random-orbital. The Rupes LHR 21ES looks nice too and is also a random-orbital.

This will be my first polisher of this type. My only experience so far is with a Craftsman rotary and wool pad. Is dual-action or random-orbital the way for me to go? Or is there not much difference in the 2?

My usage is for buffing new single-stage and base/clear urethane paint jobs.

Roger
09-24-2015, 04:14 PM
The more studying I do the more I seem to like the Rupes LHR 15ES.

Bunky
09-24-2015, 04:35 PM
I have a Rupes 15. It is a very nice machine. It is more versatile than than Rupes 21 given the smaller throw. It is very smooth. You can invest in stiffer pads since soft ones can take beating if you use them a lot from the extra throw but standard ones do work fine.

Roger
09-24-2015, 04:38 PM
Thanks.
I'd like some more details if you don't mind.

Do you use it with the Hex Logic pads?

What others have you tried with it?

felixthecat
09-30-2015, 03:48 AM
I have a Rupes 15. It is a very nice machine. It is more versatile than than Rupes 21 given the smaller throw. It is very smooth. You can invest in stiffer pads since soft ones can take beating if you use them a lot from the extra throw but standard ones do work fine.

This^^^^^^^^I'd go w/ a 15mm throw machine over a 21mm machine, like said more versatile.

Roger
09-30-2015, 05:48 AM
I bought both a DeWalt 849X rotary polisher to replace my old Craftsman and the Rupes LHR 15ES.

I bought an assortment of 6.5" Lake Country CCS pads and the V series compounds from Chemical Guys to use with both polishers.
I also bought 2 backing plates for the DeWalt and an assortment of 4" Lake Country pads.

Got some Pad Cleaner, pad conditioner, pad brush and microfiber towels from Chemical Guys too.

From all the research I did (lots of hours with google), I came to the conclusion that for an initial cut on a color sanded paint, a rotary with a compound like the Chemical Guys V32 with orange pads is a good way to go. Then switch to the orbital for using v34, 36 and 38 passes using white then black pads.

So my Rupes will be used a lot more. For restoring my older paint jobs, the Rupes alone is the most likely. And I get to use it for glazes, sealers and waxes as well. That will be nice for the wife's daily driver too.

ViperGuy21
09-30-2015, 06:28 AM
I bought both a DeWalt 849X rotary polisher to replace my old Craftsman and the Rupes LHR 15ES.

I bought an assortment of 6.5" Lake Country CCS pads and the V series compounds from Chemical Guys to use with both polishers.
I also bought 2 backing plates for the DeWalt and an assortment of 4" Lake Country pads.

Got some Pad Cleaner, pad conditioner, pad brush and microfiber towels from Chemical Guys too.

From all the research I did (lots of hours with google), I came to the conclusion that for an initial cut on a color sanded paint, a rotary with a compound like the Chemical Guys V32 with orange pads is a good way to go. Then switch to the orbital for using v34, 36 and 38 passes using white then black pads.

So my Rupes will be used a lot more. For restoring my older paint jobs, the Rupes alone is the most likely. And I get to use it for glazes, sealers and waxes as well. That will be nice for the wife's daily driver too.

Since you have so much "new" I would highly recommend trials on a junk yard panel to make sure you don't screw up your own car(s)

felixthecat
12-11-2015, 07:05 PM
Can't go wrong w/ the Rupes.

GlossWurkz
12-12-2015, 10:01 AM
I have the Flex and the PC. The FLex is forced roation so it corrects rather quickly and can build some heat into the paint. The PC was my first polisher and served the purpose of learning, but now it's relegated to coatings duty. I also have a FLex rotary for heavy work and headlight polishing. I've also spoken to a few people who highly recommend the Griot's Boss system as well.

felixthecat
01-28-2017, 08:18 PM
Griots boss 15 or Rupes lhr 15 or the Rupes 15mkll would be a great start & will carry you for yrs.

briarpatch
01-29-2017, 06:14 AM
For your first 'good' polisher, go with the Griots Garage 6" DA....known on detailing forums as the GG6. More power and less vibration than the PC, and considerably less money than the Rupes. Long-throw polishers are all the rage, but the GG6 is a perfect entry-level machine. Griots backs their products with a lifetime warranty, and this machine is quite capable of taking on just about anything the weekend warrior can throw at it. Buy the 5.5" conversion kit, put some Griots BOSS pads on there, and you're on your way.