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    Polishing in tight places

    Other than the obvious choice of using a 3" pad with the extended rupes polisher, what are some other methods you guys have done to polish those tight areas when all you have is a traditional DA and it can barely or not at all fit?

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    Re: Polishing in tight places

    I use the edge of the (5") pad on the Flex 3401 where possible - if that doesn't work, then its by hand
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    Re: Polishing in tight places

    I use to use the DAS6 with an LC 3.5" bp and 4" pads for tight spots. I now use a Scholl Concepts 3" bp on my Flex PE-14 with Scholl 3.3" pads for all the tight spots. For stuff like in between badges/emblems and under door handles I use my hand with a mf applicator.

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    Re: Polishing in tight places

    Nice, do they make a 3 inch bp for the 3401?
    Quote Originally Posted by Zubair View Post
    I use to use the DAS6 with an LC 3.5" bp and 4" pads for tight spots. I now use a Scholl Concepts 3" bp on my Flex PE-14 with Scholl 3.3" pads for all the tight spots. For stuff like in between badges/emblems and under door handles I use my hand with a mf applicator.
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    Re: Polishing in tight places

    Quote Originally Posted by DogRescuer View Post
    Nice, do they make a 3 inch bp for the 3401?
    No, I use the LC 4" bp and LC 4" pads on my 3401 if I need the smallest possible pad on there but don't use that combo anymore since I use 3" pads on the Flex rotary as I find in tight places any orbit can be a pain in the behind. Theres many ways to buff in tight places just like Lawrence mentioned, carefully edging can and does work with larger pads too.

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    Re: Polishing in tight places

    Okay thanks.
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    Re: Polishing in tight places

    Ibrid

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    Re: Polishing in tight places

    Rupes Nano iBrid.

    1" and 2" pads with compound and polish.

    Rotary and 2 DA throw tools.

    Only can get presently in the kit, so $600.00 is a bit pricey, but it does work well, for multiple tight areas.
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    Re: Polishing in tight places

    Love the Ibrid!

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    Re: Polishing in tight places

    I highly recommend spending $160 on a dewalt 849x to equip with 2" and 3" backing plates. I use the 849x far more than any other tool because it's smooth and it's so versatile and easy to switch out backing plates and it doesn't require a wrench to do it. If that is a bit too intimidating and the Ibrid nano is out of your price range (it's out of mine) I bought the new BOSS micro rotary and I am EXTREMELY impressed. It doesn't use much air, it's quiet, and it's officially the smoothest polisher I've ever used. Unfortunately Griot's 3" Pneumatic orbital is junk, I bought mine a few months ago and the backing plate broke and before that even on low speeds it would make my hands go numb within the first 30 seconds of polishing and it made horrible sounds and I couldn't put a drop of oil in it without it getting all over my hands when i turn the tool on. BUT the Griot's BOSS micro rotary is a WELL BUILT tool.

    If you are convinced you need to stick with DA the cheapest option I can recommend is ordering a Chicago Pneumatic pistol grip orbital polisher/sander. It's $100 and it comes with a 2" and 3" backing plate. I use it for sanding headlights and occasionally for polishing tight spots on thin paint when I don't want to use a rotary. Good luck to you sir!

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