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    Older lady needs help for advancing to DA polisher

    Just don't have hand/arm strength to compound out those tiny scratches left by all the old folks opening their doors against my red car when I go to Walmart and the grocery store. My car seems to be a magnet for them even when I park far away from the door. Using several of the Meguiar compound products. Aside from buying a $250+ DA polisher, what are my options? Is the small DA polisher still available and is it worth the cost which may necessitate a new drill? Even if I bought the heavy duty type, what is the probability that I might wreck the finish on my 2007 Camry? Hoped that the fairly nearby community college might have a class on detailing, but no such luck. I am a 80 year old retired orthopedic nurse so really like tools that make life easier.
    Read more at http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums...V40jjQazhYY.99

    Thx.

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    Re: Older lady needs help for advancing to DA polisher

    I'm impressed gagar! Online, polishing your car, knowledgeable, willing to take a class ... and at 80! I hope I'm doing the same. And by the way, I love your part of the state. Vacation there often.

    As for your post above, those "old folks" opening doors against your car; that often leaves a mark or dent that's not easily removed. Paint thinner, rubbing alcohol or acetone can easily remove the paint transfer (color mark) from your door, but if you have a dent or paint chip removed, it may need a little more work than a buffer can provide. With that said, to remove swirl scratches, rub marks, water spots, and the like, you might look at Porter Cable's 7424XP. One of the best out there for the price. And although the local college isn't offering a class, there are thousands of videos online that should give you enough confidence to make that Camry sparkle. Best of luck!

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    A community college wouldn't usually have a detailing class. For that I'd look for a technical or trade school for high school students to learn plumbing, cement work, carpentry, chef's cooking, etc. But the online videos have plenty of info that you can learn without driving somewhere.

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    Re: Older lady needs help for advancing to DA polisher

    Thanks, HCAD. There are a few paint transfers that I haven't been able to remove completely with Meguiar products, so will investigate the options you suggested. Presume they are safe for clear coat. Will look for the PorterCable polisher locally. At first glance on Amazon, seems it may be a little heavy at 5+ pounds for me to hold and use on the side panels where most of the blemishes occur, but would probably work well for a very bothersome bird poop etching on my hood. (Should have watched the videos before I let the bird droppings eat away some clear coat.) Must admit that I am a hit or miss person for detailing my car, even though I find it more satisfying than gardening or some of the other chores of everyday life. Have a great mechanic and a valid drivers license that will get me through another 5 years, if I can just keep the finish decent on my red Camry.

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    Re: Older lady needs help for advancing to DA polisher

    Your reply encouraged me to look beyond my local community college but the Tech school at 1.5 hours away only teaches emission control, etc. If I get discouraged at 80, can only imagine what a high school student wanting a good trade outside computers must feel. I have benefitted greatly from the online videos but would prefer to use a polisher on a junker before making mistakes on my car that I hope to make last and look good for my last 5 years of driving.
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    Re: Older lady needs help for advancing to DA polisher

    Gagar asked "Is the small DA polisher still available and is it worth the cost which may necessitate a new drill?"

    At 68 and coming off of frozen shoulders, I went with a Meguiar's DA polisher. The Porter Cable may be an affordable alternative. I have heard it vibrates a little more than the MT300. The vibrations can tire our arms out sooner.


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    Re: Older lady needs help for advancing to DA polisher

    Thx, Old Bear. A very good point. Did see that some reviewers considered the vibration as a negative for the Porter Cable.

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    Re: Older lady needs help for advancing to DA polisher

    Gagar
    I apologize for being a little ambiguous.
    I selected the MT300 DA Polisher, not the drill mounted DA polisher attachment.
    I felt my two hands could control the larger full polisher easier than a drill.
    With neuropathy in the fingers, it is easier to hold the polisher with a trigger hand and the other on the adjustable u shaped handle.

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    Re: Older lady needs help for advancing to DA polisher

    I'm wondering or maybe just thinkin' out loud but...maybe someone reading these posts in you 'neighborhood' would be able and willing to to lend a hand.

    I think more folks read this forum than reply so maybe someone will come forth.

    Bill

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    Old Bear, can't express enough appreciation for your observations as they are addressing my concerns.THX.

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