Best Polishers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 23, 2017
Most paint and maintenance tasks require use of a polisher. If you need one, consider our review of the best polishers and choose a suitable one to make all your detailing jobs an easy breezy process. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
ORBIT RATE / NO-LOAD SPEED
WHEEL DIAMETER
CONVENIENCE
WEIGHT
WARRANTY
 
PROS
Conveniently located variable speed dial can be adjusted to keep polishing continuously without breaks.
CONS
You will feel a slight back-blow when starting the machine.
OUR VERDICT
DeWalt polisher shows high-efficiency in operation and can be used not only for car coating polishing but also for boats and helmets surface processing.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Rotary polisher, Corded
ORBIT RATE / NO-LOAD SPEED
0-600 opm, 0-3500 rpm
WHEEL DIAMETER
7'', 9''
CONVENIENCE
2 auxiliary handles, Speed control under load, Variable speed trigger, Spindle lock button, Wool ingestion shields, Trigger lock button
WEIGHT
6.7 lbs
WARRANTY
3 years, 1-year free service
PROS
The display shows the polishing speed for precise control. Owing to the design with the push buttons instead of levers a detailer can operate the machine for a longer period.
CONS
Doesn't offer enough power for commercial usage.
OUR VERDICT
This polisher would be highly appreciated by both novice and pro detailers for its efficiency and user-friendliness. Get down to business just after you've unboxed the machine as it comes with the kit of the needed accessories.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Random orbital polisher
ORBIT RATE / NO-LOAD SPEED
1500 - 4200 opm
WHEEL DIAMETER
5.5''
CONVENIENCE
Ergonomic handles, Digital display, Speed control buttons
WEIGHT
5.5 lbs
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
This portable polisher doesn't require connection to the mains. Can be used literally anywhere.
CONS
For multi-tasking polishing one charge wouldn't be enough.
OUR VERDICT
This user-friendly and a quite compact cordless polisher allows for processing surfaces in hard-to-reach areas.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Random orbital polisher, Rechargeable
ORBIT RATE / NO-LOAD SPEED
3300 rpm
WHEEL DIAMETER
6''
CONVENIENCE
Dual hand grip ensures ultimate control over the surface processed, Special holes in the housing that prevent motor overheating
WEIGHT
5.5 lbs
WARRANTY
2 years
PROS
Designed with "On/Off" button instead of a trigger for greater durability. You can start the operation by pressing a single button.
CONS
Quite noisy when in use.
OUR VERDICT
Those who are new to car detailing will highly appreciate this polisher owing to its easy handling and simple functionality. No burn of paint whatsoever.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Random orbital polisher, Corded
ORBIT RATE / NO-LOAD SPEED
2500-6800 opm
WHEEL DIAMETER
6''
CONVENIENCE
On/Off button, Variable speed trigger, Auxiliary handle
WEIGHT
5.5 lbs
WARRANTY
Limited 3 years
PROS
The lightweight model avoids compression marks formation even on the most collapsible car body parts.
CONS
Has only 1 operation speed.
OUR VERDICT
Black & Decker waxer is a great polisher at an attractive price that would come to help detail different surfaces and complete a good deal of tasks.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Random orbital waxer / polisher, Corded
ORBIT RATE / NO-LOAD SPEED
4400 opm
WHEEL DIAMETER
6''
CONVENIENCE
2 side handles, 10 ft power cord, Lightweight machine
WEIGHT
5.3 lbs
WARRANTY
Limited 2 years

What is a Polisher

Polishing is one of the most important steps in car detailing process since it helps remove or just conceal imperfections on a car's coating. This process is also used for peeling off paint from a car body in order to prepare a surface for further processing. Polishing can renew the original colors and shine, however, when done by hands, make take quite a lot of effort, strength and consequently, time. Therefore, if you don't like an idea of doing this job all by yourself, get a polisher and turn a tiresome process into an easy job.

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What Features to Compare

Type

Before purchasing a polisher you should firstly figure out some of the peculiarities related to machine's operation. Let's start with the types polishers are divided in:

  • Rotary polisher. This type of polishers features a head that spins as long as you force it to move. Rotary polishers show great results in concealing paint defects, though, they aren't as simple in use and require some previous experience and certain skills. A pad on a rotary model can get pretty hot after intense use and it's important to keep moving the machine all the time in order  to prevent paint from burning
  • Random Orbital Polishers are safer than rotary models and can easily be used by novice users. This machine operates by orbiting a polishing pad around a spindle while the pad freely spins on its own axis. Such motion mode guarantees hologram-free polishing and reduces the amount of generated heat. All in all, random orbital polishers eliminate the possibility of paint damaging even at a full speed.
  • Dual Action Polisher operates by spinning and oscillating a pad simultaneously. These jiggling motions create enough power to do the job efficiently but the machine is still safe and user-friendly to use.

Besides the listed above polisher types, we should also mention Waxer polishers. These machines differ from other polishers not only by design but operation principle too. As opposed to the common types of polishers they need some wax. Rather than that, they can perform pretty much the same range of functions and used for polishing various surfaces. 

Consider the operational principle of polishers as well. There are basically two types to choose from - either pneumatic or electric. In many ways electric equipment is safer, but you should definitely opt for pneumatic if the area you need to process is rather big. Pneumatic polishers are much more performing and can be used for a prolonged period of time. Electric analogs in their turn are more lightweight and compact and can be used in many hard-to-reach places, which is their obvious advantage too.

Efficiency

When selecting a car polisher, the priority should be given to the power rate and polishing disc's RPM index since these are the crucial features which determine machine's efficiency. It is obvious that the faster the disc spins the faster a surface can be polished. Yet, to ensure outstanding performance without breakdowns, a polisher should be really powerful.

Conveniences

Surface finishing isn't a simple job, but it can be facilitated a lot if a decent polisher with convenience features is used. Therefore, before you decide on any particular polisher, consider its weight, a handle design and functional capabilities. It's preferable if the tool is equipped with an auxiliary handle for maximum accurate control and adjustable working speed to perform different polishing tasks. 

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DEWALT DWP849X

Reliability and Power

One of the most popular companies among tools manufacturers is DeWalt, no doubt. And today we'd like to present you its new polisher model DWP849X. This machine features high-end functionality and will definitely meet the demands of the pickiest customer; though, would you expect less from the world renown company? The polisher itself has been designed with user's comfort in mind. It features an ergonomic body with a sculptured handle and two additional handles that are easy to remove. When handling a tool such as a polisher, auxiliary handles are surely a plus, adding to usability and control options. In order to expand the service life of the machine, the manufacturer has embedded wool ingestion shields to block air intake and to protect internal parts from dust and residue ingestion. All-bearing construction is another thing that adds to longevity of the tool. As regards the housing, it looks and feels really durable and that's why the machine doesn't jiggle and wobble while in use. Summing up, DeWalt has done its best (as usually) to deliver a top-class polisher to fit most customers who're in the search of one.

Review of DEWALT DWP849X Variable Speed Polisher with Soft Start

Thought Out to the Last Detail

Need we say a word or two about the machine's operation and functionality? Yes, indeed! DeWalt polisher features Controlled Finishing System that ensures slow start and improved speed control. Owing to the overall power of 12 Amp and a high number of disc rotations the machine shows outstanding finishing results. While on the subject of the polisher's operation speed we'd like to expand on this feature. First of all, an easy-to-reach variable speed dial can be adjusted with one hand and so, a user can set appropriate speed for different materials in seconds. Secondly, the machine's operation speed is quite high and can be adjusted from zero to 600/3500 rpm. The built-in electronic module is there to keep the same speed even under load and enable excellent finish results and flawless operation. It is quite easy to change the accessories on DWP849X polisher due to the hook-and-loop backing system but what makes the machine safe is a spindle lock button located on the housing that prevents accidental spinning. What we also like about the polisher is that it's totally protected from unintentional start owing to the built-in interlock. However, just like with any other repair tool, due care and safety measures shouldn't be neglected any way.

DEWALT DWP849X Variable Speed Polisher with Soft Start in the use

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DEWALT DWP849X
DEWALT DWP849X
 

TORQ BUF501X 10FX

Reliable system

TORQ BUF501X 10FX polisher is an efficient tool for processing both coated and uncoated metallic surfaces. It guarantees excellent end results that are achieved owing to the innovative technologies implemented, and we intend to expand on this theme. First of all, the manufacturer has designed the device with "smart" electronic engineering that ensures soft-start and maintains constant speed rate regardless of the load applied. Secondly, the polisher features a pretty powerful motor with an overall power of 700 Watts, thus the flawless operation is assured. Furthermore, the machine's variable speed digital control makes it easy for a user to adapt the speed depending on the surface he is polishing in order to achieve excellent results and worry not about burns and swirls that may appear. To specify, the operation speed can be adjusted from 0 to 4200 rpm and it is obvious that the polisher is capable of handling any task. You will see the current speed on a digital display and will be able to adjust it when needed. Finally, the TORQ BUF501X 10FX model features overheat protection in the form of special opening on the machine's housing. 

Review of TORQ BUF501X 10FX Random Orbital Polisher Kit

Conveniences

This polisher is not only a high-technology but also a user-friendly machine that will cope with polishing and waxing a variety of surfaces. The combination of lightweight and ergonomic design with an auxiliary dome handle the polisher fits perfectly in hands and reduces the possibility of fatigue even after several hours of use. What's more, you don't need to hold-down any control levers during the polishing process as the machine is engineered with push buttons. Such engineering decision is quite reasonable sinсe it guarantees continuous operation without a need to give your hands a rest considering the fact that polishing is a time-consuming process inherently. In fact, the polisher comes fitted with a 10 feet power cord that also adds to the machine's handiness.

TORQ BUF501X 10FX Random Orbital Polisher Kit in the use

Accessories and their Application

The set of accessories the TORQ polisher comes with includes 3 polishing discs and 4 sample bottles of compounds and polishes of different abrasiveness. It is preferable to use coarse-grained abrasive in combination with the orange pad, thus you will be able to remove corrosion marks, deep scratches, and after-effects of improper polishing. As for the white pad, apply some micro abrasive compound on it and polish the car's surface in order to cut away swirls and minor scratches as well as to restore gloss and reflections. Finally, the black finishing pad spreads a sealant or wax over a car's surface evenly and adds shine. To make your car look like a brand new and restore its luster and shine perform all 3 polishing steps and add a vibrant look to a paint finish. All in all, if you opt for the TORQ polisher you can start using it right out of the box.

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AutoRight C800886

Limitless Use

We would like to bring to your attention the polisher manufactured by AutoRight, a famous company with an eye for car detailing tools. This Cordless Detailing Polisher is one of the brightest examples of company's high quality. At the first sight, you wouldn't see it differ from many other tools (even those on our shortlist), but not until you take a bit closer look and take a note of its totally independent operation and absolutely limitless use. Once the polisher is charged, it can be used continuously for over 40 minutes literally everywhere. That's enough to complete the polishing of a car surface. Despite being a cordless tool, it's still powerful and high-performing and you will surely like the end results. AutoRight Detailing Polisher is equipped with two handles - main and auxiliary, to let users not only hold it comfortably but also easily control the process, distributing the pressure evenly across the processed surface. Here on the housing you'll also find several holes that allow for better air circulation and this way, protect the tool from overheat. Despite the name AutoRight suggests polishing cars, this particular tool isn't bound to this purpose only. You can use it for many other correction tasks that require detailing and surface reviving.

Review of AutoRight C800886 Cordless Detailing Polisher

History of Polishing

Marble is known to be one of the best materials used for building up sculptures. And it was among the first materials people used to polish. In the 15th century, in one of the most flourishing cultures, the remnants of marble were collected and reused for laying the floor. That's when polishing was absolutely required. In order to smoothen the surface and conceal untreated lumps of marble, people had to rub the floor with a granite. The whole process required applying a lot of physical effort and time. And that was when people started to think of new ways how to make polishing easier and less tiresome. Only a few centuries later, American manufacturers came up with an electronic device that used an abrasive instead of granite to polish the surface and could make it not only smooth but also glossy. Nowadays polishing projects don't require enormous manual labor and such a great amount of time and treating even a large area can be done in no time.

AutoRight C800886 Cordless Detailing Polisher in the use

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AutoRight C800886
AutoRight C800886
 

PORTER-CABLE 7424XP

Who Said Polishing is Difficult?

Porter-Cable 7424XP is an updated and more powerful version of the 7424 polisher that has been one of the most popular and reliable machines in the market for years. Well, 7424XP model has preserved all user-friendly features of the original polisher but the machine's ergonomics and technical characteristics have been greatly improved. Thus, a new polisher is capable of removing much more imperfections in a shorter time and with less effort. In addition to the enhanced power and increased number of polishing disc rotations, the machine has been redesigned for a more comfortable handling. It features quite a smart speed dial placement so that a user can accelerate or slow down the speed while polishing. What's more, the manufacturer has chosen to integrate the "On/Off" button instead of a trigger for greater durability. Porter-Cable polisher comes fitted with an auxiliary side handle that can be fixed on the left or right side of the head to give users ultimate control over the process. All in all, with the latest Porter-Cable polisher both beginners in detailing and seasoned professionals will have their polishing project done faster and with better results. 

 

Review of PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher

How to Choose the Right Polishing Liquid

We should mention that a car surface polishing is a necessary process for both prettifying paint-and-lacquer coating and protecting it from premature failure. This is the reason why a lot of manufacturers tend to fabricate different liquid polishers in order to not only revive a car surface but also protect it. So, you should decide on the type of polisher that will work best for your needs, giving you desired results. Polishing pastes are usually sorted by abrasive size and the volume. You can find coarse abrasive paste to cope with worn-in dust and exhaust residual or fine coarse paste to remove slight paint defects. Sometimes the use of two different abrasive pastes is needed. 

PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher in the use

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PORTER-CABLE 7424XP
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Black & Decker WP900

When Quality Exceeds the Price

Black & Decker has manufactured a user-friendly, efficient and yet affordable waxer polisher that is highly favored by consumers for its professional finishing and maintenance results. What we like about this machine is its smart design with 2 side handles. Such construction ensures a secure and comfortable grip during the whole polishing process, making it easy even for novice users. Compared to many other models within the same price range, this one is distinguished with a solid, long 10-foot power cord. That's more than enough to operate on a car from each side with minimum discomfort. What we've noticed while studying the tool is that to achieve excellent finish results without compression marks formation it's essential to raise the tool a bit over the surface. Rather than that, operating is a simple job. The weight of the polisher is pretty small and hand fatigue is not going to be an issue too. 

Review of Black & Decker WP900 6-Inch Random Orbit Polisher/Waxer

About Black & Decker

Black & Decker company is one of the largest producers of power tools and accessories for them. It is not a secret that the whole corporation is divided into a number of divisions where each one is in charge for producing a particular product line. For example, the home appliance division of the company holds the leading market positions in the USA and is highly ranked by global producers. The goods manufactured by Black & Decker company are used for both home and commercial needs and highly valued for their durability and reliability. Did you know that the company besides household goods also supplies governmental organizations with a hardware? Who'd imagine a tiny company like it was from the outset to transform into a global leader with a thousand innovations introduced each year?

Black & Decker WP900 6-Inch Random Orbit Polisher/Waxer in the use

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