Dual Action Polishers and How to Use them in Automobile Detailing
Automobile detailing refers to the enhancement of an automobile’s appearance inside and out through paint restoration, application of finishes and even as simple as cleaning it thoroughly. This task makes use of a polisher and polishers come in different types. One type of polisher that tops all is the dual action polisher. This is the one mostly used and preferred by detailers nowadays.
Yes, gone are the days when manual scrubbing is the only option to get your car, boathouse, etc. well-polished. Nowadays, even ordinary car owners can successfully detail their own cars as long as they have a dual action polisher.
What is a Dual Action Polisher?
A dual action polisher is called its name because of its dual movement wherein it rotates and orbits at the same time. In other words, it produces two actions that give it more like a jiggling movement for detailing.
What are the Benefits of a Dual Action Polisher?
• It Saves Time. The unique dual action movement of this polisher makes it work a lot faster than manual polishing. With this, detailing your car, boathouse, RVs, etc. can be accomplished in a jiffy.
• It is Safer. The dual action movement of this polisher is responsible for its continuous movement even when it hits something or reaches a corner. Other types of polishers usually get stuck in a corner or when it hits something on its way, causing it to stop rotating. When this happens, the polisher usually overheats, risking your safety. With the dual action polisher, there is no overheating because it never stops unless you turn it off.
• It is More Effective. Dual action polishers are more powerful than manual polishing and other types of polishers. This makes them more effective in cleaning, waxing or restoring paint imperfections on your automobile.
• It is convenient and Easy to Use. A dual action polisher is a very handy detailing tool since it is light to carry around. Another factor that makes it more convenient is the fact that it is easy to use. It’s easy to spot important buttons as well as one without much experience can easily learn how to use it.
How to Use a Dual Action Polisher
If you are considering using a dual action polisher for the first time, here is a step-by-step guide:
Prepare the Materials Needed. Before detailing an automobile using a dual action polisher, make sure that all the materials you need are ready. Materials will vary depending on what kind of detailing task you are conducting. If you are trying to restore paint, you may need to prepare a paint restorer. For cleaning purposes, prepare a cleaning wax. And of course, the white polisher pad.
Install the Pad. You need to get the polisher ready by installing the pad on the backing plate installed at the center. Make sure it is secured.
Apply the Paint Restorer, Wax, etc. Depending on the detailing task you are conducting, apply the appropriate detailing agent on the pad. When applying this step, never put a lot of restorer, etc. 2-3 drops of the detailing agent is enough. Putting more than enough can have negative effects on the quality of the results.
Press the Polisher Pad on the Surface. When you are about to start polishing your car, boat, etc. start by pressing the pad on the surface. Press it evenly and make sure that the polisher is positioned flat on the surface instead of tilted. If it is not pressed flat on the surface, the tendency is that you will be getting an uneven result.
Turn on the Polisher. Once the polisher is ready and is pressed flat on the surface, you can turn it on. The On and off button can be found on the side of the polisher. This step will activate the polisher and the white pad will now start rotating and orbiting. Remember to turn on only after the pad is resting on the surface already. Do not turn it on ahead.
Adjust the Speed Gradually. In a dual action polisher, there are usually 3 speeds to choose from. The numbers 1, 2 and 3 are indicators of the polisher’s speed, with 1 as the lowest and 3 as the highest. Upon turning on the polisher, adjust the speed to 1 first and you can just increase gradually. The speed adjustments can be found at the bottom of the polisher.
Apply Overlapping Passes. When detailing your vehicle with a dual action polisher, make overlapping passes and make sure that no area is left or missed by the polisher. Whether you are polishing vertically or horizontally, it should be in an overlapping manner.
Keep the Pad Flat with Consistent Force. At this time, you can increase the speed of the polisher if you wish to but always keep the pad flat on the surface with a consistent force. Keeping the pad flat is not only advisable at the start of the process but also throughout the process.
Rub the Surface Using a Clean Cloth. Once you see that the area you polished has a semi-clear appearance already, turn off the polisher, then rub the surface with a clean cloth.
A dual action polisher is indeed a very vital tool for detailers considering the excellent results it guarantees, the stress it reduces when it comes to automobile detailing as well as the convenience it provides even to beginners. Aside from cleaning and restoring the good appearance of an automobile, it also has the ability to remove scratches.
However, one important tip to always bear in mind is that the polisher pad is not immune to wear and tear especially if it comes in contact with sharp objects. So, make sure that, when detailing your car, you steer it clear from sharp edges that could tear the pad apart. This is also the same when storing the polisher. Store it in a safe place to preserve its good condition and function.