View Full Version : purchasing rotary tips advice

Oct 20th, 2005, 04:12 PM
my situation is purchased a g100 , i detailed a couple of cars and im ready to move on to a rotary, i am thinking of the makita 9227c i believe . ive heard horror stories of burning paint any ways to avoid it , is it between 10-15 lbs with rotary and slow movements back and forth + crisscrossing to work products in ? keeping the pad flat should keep buffer swirls away i hear?/

any tips or do i have anythin wrong most ppl tell me go ahead and do the hand test frequent same a mikes technique

theonly thing is it intimidates me due to the damage it could do

Five Star
Oct 21st, 2005, 12:34 AM
you cant just jump in and start using the rotary

with anything you do there is a learning curve.

practice practice and more practice.

but to answer your question, taping off body lines, edges, handles and moldings minimizes burn through. also I never.. ever.. ever use a rotary on a bumper.

Oct 21st, 2005, 01:40 AM
My experience so far isn't that it's hard to use, it's that if you make a mistake it could be a bad one.

But it's not hard to use in and of itself. The tool weighs around 7-8 lbs; don't push. Tape everything off. Keep the tool moving, don't linger near edges, stay away from mouldings and trim. Pause frequently and feel the surface to make sure it's warm, but not hot.

It's really great if you have someone experienced with you; you can learn a months' worth in an hour.

Shiny Lil Detlr
Oct 21st, 2005, 04:49 AM
Originally posted by WhiteCamaro88
my situation is purchased a g100 , i detailed a couple of cars and im ready to move on to a rotary,

How long have you had/used the G100?

I seriously can not recommend a rotary to you if you've only done "a couple of cars" with the G100, since the rotary is MUCH different, and much harder to learn with.

I used the G100 exclusively for nearly 3 years before finally getting a rotary, and even now I don't use the rotary near as often. Give yourself more time to truly become a master with a dual-action machine, it will teach you good fundamental technique for machine polishing. And then when you do get your rotary, practice on junker vehicles and/or panels before putting it to a nice finish.

After you learn the G100, the rotary isn't nearly as difficult to use, though it comes with much more risk, and you have to know more about what you're seeing the product do that you're working in. I'm to the point where I can even use the rotary one-handed on flat surfaces, but that's after many, many, MANY hours of practice.

Patience, young grasshopper.... it's key.