MEGUIAR'S PRODUCT TIP #5


MEGUIARS G3500 D/A POWER SYSTEM

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Turn your powered or cordless drill into the perfect paint polisher, using revolutionary dual action technology, you can start getting professional results at home. Introducing the Meguiar’s DA Power System. Dual Action machine polishing has been a car groomers secret for years, it’s the fastest and most effective way to compound, polish and wax a car, truck or boat.

Meguiar’s DA Power System brings that secret ‘Dual Action’ to your garage. Unlike other dual action polishers on the market, this system uses a common household tool as its power source, creating a user friendly experience. Simply attach Meguiar’s DA Power System to your drill, with a recommended speed range of 1,200 to 2,500 rpm, to machine polish and wax like a professional in no time.

The dual action movement of the drill activated system is in the form of a forced rotation rather then a free rotating spindle action. The oscillating/circular motion of the pad consistently and efficiently replicates hand application, quickly applying compound, polish and wax with very little effort, and leaves behind a truly amazing finish. By letting your drill do the work, you can now wax your car in as little as 30 minutes, with better results than hand or orbital applications.

This easy to use tool breaks down the barriers of machine polishing, giving owners an affordable, safe and versatile solution for their detailing needs. There are three colour coded velcro backed pads available, burgundy for compounding, yellow for polishing and black for finishing/waxing. Simply team up with the appropriate pad and product and let your drill do the hard work.

  • Great for Waxing, Polishing, Compounding and more!
  • Wax your car in less than 30 minutes
  • DA System uses dual action – so it will not harm your paint
  • Attaches to most household drills with RPM ranges of 1200-3500

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MEGUIARS G220V2 DUAL ACTION POLISHER

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Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a casual user who wants show quality, swirl free results, this is the tool for you. Meguiar’s Dual Action Polisher greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to apply paint cleaners, polishes and protection products and produces results far superior to applying these products by hand and because of its dual action – rotation and orbit, you never have to worry about damaging the paint. (Pad not included). Includes a Meguiar’s carry case.

Kit Includes:

  • Meguiars G220 v2 Dual Action Polisher
  • Multi position “D” handle
  • W68DA – NEW 1 piece 150mm backing plate
  • 2 screws for handle
  • Wrench for screws
  • Manual
  • Canvas Cary Case

Questions which commonly arise around machine polishers

  1. Which is better for applying cleaners, polishes and waxes, machines like the rotary buffer, Meguiar's G220V2, Dual-Action polisher or the tried and true method of applying products by hand?
  2. What's the difference between a Dual Action Polisher, Orbital Buffer and Rotary Buffer?

This is not a "one is better than the other" issue.

Each method offers its own unique benefits and features. Machines like rotary buffers, dual action polishers, and orbital buffers are simply tools. Depending on the surface condition and what you're trying to accomplish, one may be better suited for the task over another.

Back when traditional paints, like lacquers and enamels were used at both an OEM factory level and in the refinishing industry, the average person with average skills could perform all of the common detailing procedures by hand and get really good results. This is no longer true in light of today's modern, catalysed base coat/clear coat paint systems.

Modern paint technology, generally speaking, is much harder than traditional paints and requires special buffing pads and chemicals to remove defects where just a decade or so ago, a can of polishing compound, a rag and some elbow grease could accomplish the task satisfactorily.

While hand application of Meguiar's paint cleaners, cleaner/polishes, pure polishes and waxes can achieve brilliant results a majority of the time, professional painters and detailers prefer using a machine such as a rotary buffer, dual action polisher or an orbital buffer for a number of different reasons.

Here are a few:

  • Depending on the procedure, machines are nearly twice as fast as your hands.
  • Machines are much less fatiguing to your hands, arms, and back.
  • Dual Action Polishers and Orbital buffers apply a thinner coat that's easier to wipe off.
  • Dual Action Polishers and Orbital buffers spread polishes and waxes more evenly, for more uniform results.
  • Machines do a better job of cleaning deeper and removing surface defects and oxidation more thoroughly.
  • Machines are better at removing swirls.
  • Machines force more polishing oils into the surface, for deeper gloss and reflections.
  • Machines are more effective at removing serious defects than your hand.

The Dual Action Polisher Meguiar's offers mimic your hand motions and will give you an impressive finish without any risk of burning your paint, even if you've never used a buffer before.

For those of you who own or are thinking about purchasing a rotary buffer, be sure to check our new video on how to remove paint defects. This in depth video (50 min.) covers techniques and procedures professionals have developed for using the rotary buffer to remove serious paint defects and create flawless, show car results. It's important to remember that while a rotary buffer can do a lot of good, it can also be dangerous, potentially creating swirls, or burning through paint if not properly used. Using a rotary buffer correctly requires skill, good technique, and experience. Don't expect or even try to learn how to use a rotary buffer on any vehicle that is important to you. Instead, find an old junker, or go to a wrecking yard and find the hood off a junked car to learn and practice on.

What's the difference between a Dual Action Polisher, Orbital Buffer and Rotary Buffer?

Dual Action polishers and Orbital buffers

The motors and drive units on these two types of polisher's oscillate in an eccentric circular motion. This type of motion is much safer to the paint because it's virtually impossible to apply too much concentrated pressure in one place at one time. Chances are good that when too much pressure is applied, the oscillating action will come to a stop thereby protecting the finish.

Because these types of machines oscillate instead of rotate, they will not instill the dreaded buffer swirls or holograms into your finish as long as you use the appropriate chemicals, buffing pads and bonnets. This safety feature makes these machines highly popular with enthusiasts who would like to use a machine but at the same time, are afraid of burning or inflicting swirls into their car's finish.

Both the Dual Action G220V2, D/A Power System G3500 and Orbital buffers offer a number of benefits:

  • Uncomplicated – Remove from box, attach buffing pad or bonnet, plug in, turn on, start buffing.
  • Versatile – Can be used for cleaning, polishing, and applying waxes.
  • Takes most of the labor out of the process, the machine does the work, all you do is hold it.
  • Faster, more thorough - you can cover more area and do a better job with a machine.
  • Creates a more uniform, higher gloss finish than your hands. Pushes polishing oils and protective waxes into the pores and microscopic surface imperfections far better than your hands can ever accomplish.

In recent years, the D/A Power System G3500 has become the machine of choice over the older style Orbital buffers for a number of different reasons:

  • Turns your powered or cordless drill into the perfect paint polisher.
  • Smaller size and lighter weight makes them easier for anyone to use.
  • Very easy to control, requires no previous experience or skill to use correctly.
  • Smaller size enables you to work on small panels and tight areas easier with better control.
  • More options for buffing pads and bonnets.
  • Velcro interface makes changing between pads fast and easy.


Rotary buffers

Rotary buffers are drastically different in the way they work compared to Dual Action polishers and Orbital buffers.

The drive unit used in a rotary buffer is referred to as a direct drive. What this means is the auger, (the threaded part to which the backing plate attaches), is driven directly off the electric motor. This results in a powerful rotating motion. This rotating motion is typically clockwise as you look at the rotary buffer from behind, as though you were using it on a panel.

Because the rotary buffer is a direct drive machine, it can do a lot of work very quickly. By work, we mean, the rotary buffer will remove paint.

Meguiar's understands the average person doesn't want to remove precious paint from their car's finish. However, sometimes removing paint is necessary in order to create a high gloss, defect free finish. Example: If you have a scratch in your car's finish, say someone keyed your car, or a cat jumped up on the hood and left behind claw scratches. From a horizontal point of view, these scratches would look like this,
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In order to remove these scratches, you will need to remove enough paint surrounding the scratches in order to make the surface level. As you can see in this example, removing the scratches will require removing quite a bit of paint material, and in the case of the deep key scratch (where the arrow is pointing), you will not be able to completely remove it without exposing the base, or color coat of paint. This is a situation where you are better off improving the scratch, not completely removing the scratch.

 

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