Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Used to polish flat surfaces such as cars or even marble, a polisher is primarily reserved for car bodywork detailers and car enthusiasts. Two main types are used:
The rotary polisher, also known as a circular polisher, is used to correct major defects (deep scratches, severe oxidisation). The rotary polisher polishes with a simple circular movement due to the rotation of its plate at high speed. Similar in appearance to a bench grinder, a rotary polisher is powerful and leaves marks on the paintwork after it has been used. It is used with pads and allows the application of different polishing products. Work can also be completed with an orbital polisher to obtain a nice finish. It is not recommended for amateur use or as a first polishing tool because it can cause permanent damage if badly used (it requires a certain level of dexterity). The addition of variable speed is essential.
The orbital polisher is less powerful and is more suitable for finishing or paints that do not require deep polishing or buffing (paint in good condition and only lightly faded or scratched). The orbital polisher does not correct major defects (deep scratches) but minor defects (spider webs, slight oxidisation). It waxes and polishes through an orbital movement which combines two movements - the axis of rotation is offset to the axis of revolution (orbital movement). It is perfectly suited for applying polish.
Rotary polishers are distinguished by:
For the reasons listed above, this type of machine polisher tends to heat up. Some models are designed with specific cooling vents and reinforced dust protection.
Orbital polishers are more suitable for beginners and are much lighter. Their primary characteristics include:
When tackling paint jobs, the orbital polisher is equipped with foam pads. The pads are specific to the product they are used with (pads for polishing, waxing, etc.)
Polishers are fairly simple machines, where power and rotations per minute are often the most important factors. Find out below the other important things to consider when deciding which model of polisher is right for you:
Don't forget to polish and shine!
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Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 221 guides
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