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    Re: DA or Rotary for a newbie

    Thanks so much for the detailed response and the links.

    I think I have a much better understanding of the difference between a rotary and DA now. Having digested the information it certainly seems that the DA is the best choice for me and it seems sensible to choose the Meguiars unit as there is so much info about using it on this forum. In my case this would be the G220 V2 (is there a V3 planned?) as I'm in the UK. As the weather here is now horrible it looks like it'll be Spring before I purchase and can use this. If only we had San Diego weather here

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    Re: DA or Rotary for a newbie

    Flakey,
    I concur with everything said thus far. If you're just getting your feet wet, and not looking to spend a lot of money, go for the 6" DA Polisher from Harbor Freight. With a few tweaks (below), it'll be perfect for the beginner.

    I, too, have the DA from HF and I am very pleased with it. However, there are a few things that I'd recommend doing to it if you plan on using it fairly regularly.
    1. Re-Grease it! Instructions here I used High-Temp Gear grease from O'Reilly (like $4).
    2. I found that the handle got in my way more than it helped. If you agree, you'll want to replace the nylon screw (#2 Screw) on the red top plate with a metal one. The screw size is M8 - 1.25 X 10mm.
    3. If you don't have one already, invest in a 12 gauge extension cord to run the polisher. I mistakenly forgot mine and used a 16 gauge and it didn't run as well.
    4. As for a backing plate: I use the W67DA with the 6.5" W7006/W8006/W9006 pads

    Other than that, enjoy the polisher.
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    Re: DA or Rotary for a newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by Please Wash Me Detailing View Post
    where did you hear that?
    A DA is a "safe" and an extremely effective tool.

    A rotary is an advanced tool, not for noobs.

    Get a G110 and the DAMF System and you'll do amazing things with it.

    Can you be more specific? I'm interested in the G110V2 and the DAMF, but can't figure out if I need a different backing plate than what the G110 comes with, and whether I should get 5" DAMF pads, or 6".

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    Re: DA or Rotary for a newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by cvalley View Post
    Can you be more specific? I'm interested in the G110V2 and the DAMF, but can't figure out if I need a different backing plate than what the G110 comes with, and whether I should get 5" DAMF pads, or 6".
    DAMF (Dual Action Micro-Fiber) is a paint correction system comprising microfiber polishing and finishing pads, D300 polishing compound, and D301 Finishing Wax. It will work with any DA polisher including (naturally) Meguiars G110v2. The pads come in both 5" and 6" diameters, but many detailers here and elsewhere find the 5" pad to be more effective. The pads can be used with your existing hook and loop (velcro) backing plates. The combination of the pads and the specially formulated compound greatly increases the effectiveness of the "cut" while maintaining all of the safety intended (by design) of the dual action polisher


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    Re: DA or Rotary for a newbie

    Thanks. So what pads and backing plate should I order? I still don't get which backing plate goes with what pad and what size comes on the G110 to begin with. The backing plates are W67DA and W68DA, but don't which is which and what's on the G110 in the box.

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    Re: DA or Rotary for a newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by cvalley View Post
    Thanks. So what pads and backing plate should I order? I still don't get which backing plate goes with what pad and what size comes on the G110 to begin with. The backing plates are W67DA and W68DA, but don't which is which and what's on the G110 in the box.
    The G110v2 buffer ships with a W68DA backing plate, which is designed to work specifically with the Soft Buff 2.0 foam pads (W8207, W9207). The correct backing plate for use with microfiber pads on this and other DA buffers is the W67DA, which matches up with the 5.5" microfiber pads (DMC5, DMF5, DMX5). If you purchase one of the DAMF System 5" kits it comes with the W67DA backing plate, a bottle of both D300 and D301, and a pair of DMC5 and DMF5 pads.
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    Re: DA or Rotary for a newbie

    Is the spec the same for the UK G220 model.


    Also, can someone confirm that this website is officially connected with Meguiars?
    http://www.meguiars-online.co.uk


    Thanks

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