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Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Pudge, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Jun 14, 2019 at 2:56 PM
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    Figured of start a thread here because I wanted to show a couple mods I did to my cheap harbor freight DA polisher.
    It comes with a 6" "warrior" backing plate that isn't balanced great and is just cheap.
    I should have taken more pics of the mods I did to make this cheapo polisher a little better, but didnt think of it til I was done.
    I went ahead and replaced it with a 5" lake country backing plate. The polisher comes with a wrench and changing the plate is very easy, takes 2 minutes. I can use 5-7 inch pads on this plate.
    While I had it off I removed the cover and packed in some more grease on the gears and bearing, it did quiet it down a bit.
    I also did the "washer mod". Basically it's just adding a second washer to the shaft to push the plate off the body anand extra 1/8" inch or so.
    Then I removed 4 screws that hold the handle or body to the head, very carefully pulled the body back about 1/4" and rotated it 90°. What this did was rotate the on/off switch from the side of the polisher which was awkward, to the top of it which is much more user friendly.
    Anyway, that's what I have and use and it's been fine for me. These mods will make it much better.

    Some day I'll buy a real polisher but for now this will work, and these easy, cheap mods will keep me appeased for a while longer.

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  2. Jun 14, 2019 at 4:43 PM
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    I love my Porter Cable with velcro backing plate

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  3. Jun 14, 2019 at 5:21 PM
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    I’ve got an Adam’s swirl killer 15mm and a griots 3in. Have had luck with both and both have made me money!
     
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  4. Jun 14, 2019 at 5:30 PM
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    Here’s a picture of my little toothbrush polisher!

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  5. Jun 14, 2019 at 6:16 PM
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    I have a Porter Cable and a Torq.
     
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    Nice. Some day I will upgrade I'm sure. I have been into this detailing thing for about a year now and honestly never expected to ever have a polisher. @SouthBoundSteve Steve talked me into it and guided me and I'm so glad he did. If nothing else I have a good looking truck and an expensive but rewarding hobby. If I could do a car or 2 for money I'd invest it into a polisher most likely
     
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  7. Jun 14, 2019 at 6:59 PM
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    Prostar 190 White is sooooo Slow!!! MGM RULES!

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    Detailing is very addicting.
     
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  8. Jun 17, 2019 at 12:12 PM
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    You almost never post in the detailing section. You’ve been holding out on us!
     
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  9. Jun 17, 2019 at 1:17 PM
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    Prostar 190 White is sooooo Slow!!! MGM RULES!

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  10. Jun 17, 2019 at 1:23 PM
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    It is addicting. I never though ill be polishing my vehicles with tons of different products. Ill post up my polisher tomorrow when i receive. Had to buy a flex for a up coming job i have saturday since my Amazon polisher kept turning off trying to polish my windows.
     
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  11. Jul 17, 2019 at 8:02 PM
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    I bought a griots garage GG 6" HD today utilizing detailedimage 20% coupon code that includedpolishers, which is rare. Couldnt pass up the deal, especially after polishing out my truck last week with the harbor freight model. I know a decent DA would have cut my time way down. I'll keep the harbor freight unit as a backup or maybe change backing plates to a 3 inch or something. Anyway I heard great things about the GG6 and its normally 165 and I got it for around 125 which is good enough for me. I will be putting on my lake country 5" backing plate, tons more power and a heavy gauge 25'cord. I can't wait to try it out.
     
  12. Jul 17, 2019 at 9:35 PM
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    Nice..............however, this is your thread so





















    :worthless:of the new one!
     
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  13. Jul 18, 2019 at 2:05 AM
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    Hell yeah. Even with the minimal amount of correction I’ve done, I can tell the Griots is waaay better. You’re gonna love it.
     
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  14. Jul 18, 2019 at 2:18 AM
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    I need to buy me a new one. I got out of detailing (side hustle) and sold it. Now my obsession is back stronger than before and i need to buy one again
     
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    Yeah man I can't wait. I had a rough go with the HF model. This should help alot
     
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    I have a Griots boss G15 and their 3” for smaller areas. I’m very happy with both.
     
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    I have a Rupes LHR21 Mark II, works great.
     
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    That is a great polisher. From what I have read it kinda started the game as far as hobby polishers and DAs in general. For a little more you can get a griots which has more power and versatility but the porter cable is a good unit for the price. Certainly better than the harbor freight DA I started off with.
     
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    Well said!
     
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    Everybody go buy this one...
     
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    So jealous. And all those pads, damn
     
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    I think that costs more than all three of mine together.
     
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    Rupes is high dollar, it’s kinda like the Tundra of polishers.
     
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    Trying to figure out how to explain this to my wife as a good deal lol
     

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