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Offline Cheese

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Re: Tell me about your Shinex auto polisher...
« Reply #30 on: September 25, 2021, 10:46 AM »
On topic...kind of...

Yesterday I was told that Festool is closing up shop on their polishing supplies, much the same way they did on their Surfix product line. The first to go MIA is their line of waffle sponge pads for the Shinex and the RO 90/125/150 sanders. The distributor said everything polishing related was going away but he didn't know about the 2 Shinex polishers.

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Offline rst

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Re: Tell me about your favorite auto polisher...
« Reply #31 on: September 25, 2021, 11:19 AM »
I use Chemical Guys hex logic pads with my RO-150, My Makita polisher for buffing and just received a Flex PXE 80 for small areas.  I also have Milwaukee's 12v polisher.  Almost finished polishing my 1999 Airstream which had been sitting for the last 8 years.  Some of the clearcoat has started peeling and the white paint that was on the roof panels was chalking badly and had stained the sides but all that polished off.

Offline Chainring

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Re: Tell me about your favorite auto polisher...
« Reply #32 on: September 25, 2021, 12:42 PM »
I wonder if Festool doesn't have the market presence here in the US to justify keeping the polishing products going? They do have some stiff competition from a number of other manufacturers.

For polishing, I have a Flex 3401 VRG. I'm debating on whether I need it or not, given I have a RO 150 and the polishing pad. I also have the RO 90 and polishing pad, but haven't purchased any foamies yet.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Tell me about your favorite auto polisher...
« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2021, 10:20 AM »
I also have the RO 90 and polishing pad, but haven't purchased any foamies yet.

I use the RO 90 for polishing out headlight covers...it's the perfect size.

Offline Chainring

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Re: Tell me about your favorite auto polisher...
« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2021, 12:44 PM »

I use the RO 90 for polishing out headlight covers...it's the perfect size.
That's exactly why I purchased the RO 90 polishing pad. Well, for small areas, too, but they're fewer.

Offline derekcohen

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Re: Tell me about your favorite auto polisher...
« Reply #35 on: September 26, 2021, 10:48 PM »
I have the 5" random orbit/dual action (RO/DA) Rupes (mk 3), which has a 21-23mm orbit, for the wide areas; and a 3" RO/DA STPA (superb Rupes knockoff) for the small sections. I use Rupes products. Both these machines are an absolute pleasure to use. Minimal vibration, which is important since a polishing can take a few hours (thankfully not often).

These are very forgiving machines, which is important for an infrequent user, such as myself. IMPORTANTLY, the polishers run at a much slower speed than sanders (such as Festools), and the latter are NOT recommended for polishing paint.

Wash is via BigBoi pressure washer and foam cannon, and then a (cheapish) dog dryer vacuum cleaner to hands-free dry the car - fantastic for water lodged in crevices!).

20 years old. Original paint ...



Regards from Perth

Derek
« Last Edit: September 26, 2021, 11:32 PM by derekcohen »
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Tell me about your favorite auto polish...Menzerna vs Festool
« Reply #36 on: September 26, 2021, 11:36 PM »
She's pretty Derek...from this distance she looks better than when she came off the assembly line.  [smile]

So maybe now I'll throw out this question, I use Menzerna products, specifically 2500, 3200 & 3800. Menzerna products were supposedly developed with the approval of Porsche, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Maybach, and Corvette among others. I'm just curious if anyone knows how Festool polish 5010, 9010 & 11010 compare to the Menzerna product offering?

I've also heard that Menzerna produces the Festool polishes but have been unable to substantiate that claim.

Also, has anyone tried the Swissvax line of waxes? $325 for 50 ml of carnauba wax seems like a stretch.

https://swissvax.us/collections/wax