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Question on the Porter Cable...

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I've read tons of posts here and on .org about how great this machine is- and how it can polish out swirl marks and micro-scratches. Given that I have a jet black car with tons of tiny scratches (that show up if you look really close), this sounds good.

I'm wondering though-- is there a limit to how much you can polish with this machine and not damage your paint? I've read articles that say you can press on it as hard as you want and it won't burn through paint like a regular orbital buffer. Is it ok to use something like this every 2 weeks?

Also, despite using freshly washed made in USA terry towels to dry the car, I still get scratches and swirls. When you guys say that you meticulously detail your car and don't get these marks- what towels/cloths/mitts do you use? I'm also very careful to not use a circular motion.
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Question on Porter Cable

I am a fanatic about my cars and maintaining a perfect finish as I frequently enter my British cars in shows. So I will share my experiences.
I bought my an air powered Porter Cable polisher from Griots Garage and swear by it, (but you could probably find it cheaper elsewhere). I buy all my car care products from them including rags and towels. I won't use anything else as their products have never let me down.

The thing about most 100% terry cloth towels is that the towel itself may be 100% cotton, but the hems are usually sewn with polyester thread which is brutal on car finishes. Griots uses 100% cotton thread on the hems. I'm sure there are other vendors out there that are as good as Griots, I just haven't found them yet.

If you use high quality washes and good clean rags to wash your car, and truly 100% cotton towels to dry, you shouldn't have the swirl marks to deal with., so using the polisher too often won't be an issue.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Lillian H
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