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    How many here are still using the Porter Cable DA?

    I know many have moved on to other machines such as Rupes and others have not.

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    Re: How many here are still using the Porter Cable DA?




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    Re: How many here are still using the Porter Cable DA?

    I use it for two things:
    1.) Applying sealant
    2.) Cleaning my pads. I spray IPA on a pad, scrub it with a brush, hold a microfiber on it and turn it on at level 3 to remove the gunk.
    2005 Dodge SRT4 400whp/480wtq | 2015 Nissan Frontier (daily driver) Both are corrected and coated with CQuartz UK 3.0 by me
    I detail out of my garage as a side job on the weekends and do about 6-8 cars per month.

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    Re: How many here are still using the Porter Cable DA?

    I have 1 newer PC with a 4" BP that usually gets used on every car. I also have an older PC with a 6" BP that I use to apply sealants that gets used sometimes.

    But if you are asking is it still my main polishing tool...No.

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    Re: How many here are still using the Porter Cable DA?

    You better believe it!

    I actually prefer the 1st gen versions. For some reason they seem to spin better at all speed settings than the XP.

    I also have:
    Flex 3401
    Rupes Mini
    Rupes Duetto

    I like to start with my PC. If I can get the job done with that, then that is what I will use. It's super light weight, and super simple to use.

    Add some great abrasives, and great pads and you're all set.

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    Re: How many here are still using the Porter Cable DA?

    I have a 20+year-old PC that still works great. I'll replace it if it dies or if I find something it can't do. So far neither of those things have happened.

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    Re: How many here are still using the Porter Cable DA?

    It's a work horse. Just used one today. I have a 3" backing plate and use 4" LC CCS pads for the tight and small areas. Today I had to redo a trunk on a 2019 Mustang GT CA Special that had some Cquartz UK high spots. I re-polished the trunk using the aforementioned config, along with some GG BOSS Correcting Cream. Worked like a champ.

    As I was putting it away, I praised it's long service and how it's like a work-horse, then I saw this thread.

    Every tool in the tool-box has it's place.


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    Re: How many here are still using the Porter Cable DA?

    I use mine for some finish polishing and to apply LSPs. Basically every day!
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    Re: How many here are still using the Porter Cable DA?

    I started with the PC, but bought a Griot's 6 out of curiosity. The Griot's is a really nice machine, but truth be told I could have just stuck with my PC for my needs. It always did the job I wanted it to do.

    That said, I now use the PC as my 3" machine, and it excels in every way. Plus, it is nice to have the two machines and not have to constantly switch backing plates.
    It is no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk.

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    Re: How many here are still using the Porter Cable DA?

    I like to use it on my mustang with all the dips & curves. I find the rupes a little hard to work with on the car. also works great on the plastic bumpers on the car and pickup. when it comes to the pickup the rupes is great. it helps to have a couple of DA polishers.

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