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lpaton posted 04-14-2002 08:07 AM ET (US)   Profile for lpaton   Send Email to lpaton  
Figure it is time to do a thorough clean and wax job on the Outrage. Would appreciate any feedback on orbital polishers. Am not keen to spend the bucks on a professional model.
ChrisCT posted 04-14-2002 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for ChrisCT  Send Email to ChrisCT     
Kinda new to this myself - but I bought a pretty cheap polisher and it didn't spin fast enough to do a good job. I then after some getting some advice from boatowing friends bought a few drill bit polishers (about 8 inches wide and pretty fluffy. W/ a good drill it worked like a charm at polishing.
lpaton posted 04-14-2002 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
Tried the drill bit avenue. Left circular streak marks and am afraid that point pressure can cause damage
jameso posted 04-14-2002 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Don't know about the orbital thing,,go with the random orbit. I have a Sears (Craftsman) can't burn the finish and does a really good job. I once tried to use a roundy round polisher on my El Camino...not a pretty sight, yeah I know the pros use them. But then I aint no pro.
Jim Armstrong
DaveS posted 04-14-2002 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
I tried the slower route as well with not the desired results. I finally "borrowed" my brothers Porter Cable buffer and it worked like a charm.

Hope this helps a bit.

rubadub555 posted 04-15-2002 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for rubadub555  Send Email to rubadub555     
Porter-Cable orbital sander/polisher has been excellent on my 1980 Montauk.
Bigshot posted 04-15-2002 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Go to Sears and get the 7" orbital grinder/polisher($50). Then get a 10 or 11" pad at auto paint shop, etc if Sears don't have it($10). I have been using mine for over 10 years and I swear by them. Use slow speed and don't worry about burning gel coat....impossible for the most part.
DJS posted 04-25-2002 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for DJS  Send Email to DJS     

I have gone to Sears and tried to find the 7" orbital grinder/polisher and can't seem to find one. I find a grinder/sander, that looks similar to ones used in an auto body shop, and I also find a buffer/polisher with a 9" head. Would you mind posting the model number, or other good identifying charasteristic of the one you are using?



whalerdude posted 04-25-2002 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
I like the Porter Cable random orbit polisher.

I bought it at a local tool store for about $150.00. It really works well. I just bought a used 1991 Montauk and buffed it out with 3m finesse and then a coat of wax and it came out great!

tlynch posted 04-25-2002 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for tlynch  Send Email to tlynch     
Question -

Which porter cable - the 6" or the 7"? The 6" runs 3000-6000 RPM and the 7" up to 3000 RPM from what I remember reading. How fast do you want it to spin for polishing a hull?


bkoelbel posted 04-28-2002 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for bkoelbel  Send Email to bkoelbel     
Gents -

Gotta weigh in on the Porter Cable 6" Randon Orbital. Superb!!!

Just finished my entire 20' Outrage, and the action on the Porter Cable was smooth, with excellent results.

I bought mine, along with very manageable compound/waxing pads, from Griots Garage. Granted, I probably could have saved a few bucks shopping around, but these guys guarantee everything they sell for life. Their inventory and customer service is excellent.

lpaton posted 04-28-2002 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
Thanks for advice. Bought the Porter Cable 6".Have to finish living room before I am allowed to try it out.
White Bear posted 04-28-2002 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for White Bear  Send Email to White Bear     
Groits Garage - absolutely the most expensive for any and everything. The prices in their catalogue are enough to make anyone gasp. Try a little comparison shopping, you'll be amazed.

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