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    Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    Warning! Please don't try this on your own car.


    I've had a number of people ask me about the power offered by the new Generation II Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher and so after scratching my head and trying to think of some kind of demonstration I could do and then share the pictures from I came up with the below Extreme Demo.

    Please understand, it's only common sense that this 3" Mini Polisher is not made for or intended to be used to remove sanding marks out of clear coat paints. In a best "worst case" scenario, you would finish out with #3000 or #4000 grit paper. I chose #2000 to make it extreme.

    This 3" polisher definitely has more power than the first generation offered by Griot's Garage but it's not for removing sanding marks, it's for removing light surface defects with an emphasis on the word LIGHT. It can also be used for applying wax or paint sealant to small or thin panels or for things like Motorcycles.

    Note: There are more aggressive products you can use and it's possible to make a more aggressive 3" pad but in my life I've noticed when working with small pads like this there's a tendency for increased potential for haze and micro-marring when getting small. It is important to keep the surface slippery for this kind of defect removal.

    And for what it's worth... I've been doing this for a few years and sometimes a little experience in the craft of polishing paint can go a long ways...


    Without further ado...
    The polisher on the left is the first generation, the polisher on the right is the new Generation II Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher. I chose the Wolfgang Twins because they are both very wet products and you need hyper-lubricity to help aid in pad rotation when removing below surface defects, or in other words to remove a little paint.

    Meguiar's #2000 Nikken Finishing Papers were used to give me an extreme test section and I used the Griot's Garage foam polishing and waxing pads for sanding mark removal and final polishing.

    Not pictured is the Detailers Pride Max Wax which I applied after polishing






    One section of the test hood was thoroughly wet-sanded using Nikken #2000 Finishing Papers




    If you look closely you can see a few very light tracers, in the REAL World, anytime you're doing sanding you would remove the sanding marks using a rotary buffer and/or a DA Polisher if you have the knowledge and skill to use these two types of tools for this type of work. You would not use nor expect these kinds of dramatic results from the tool I used but I'll let the results speak for themselves.

    After results



    Nikken reflection shot



    Flipped horizontally...



    In this shot I'm actually focusing on the sanding marks between the wall poster and the reflection of the wall poster.



    In this shot I'm focusing on the reflected image...



    In this shot you can see the subtle distinction between the seam in the poster in the reflected image.




    And a self-portraight... :D




    Question: Does the new Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher have more power?

    Answer: You betcha!


    Should it be the only polisher in your detailing arsenal? No not at all. It's a nice complimentary tool for thin panels, small components, motorcycle detailing and anything else you can find a use for it.


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    Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher
    3-Pack of 3" Polishing Pads - You want lots of these, 2-3 packs
    3" Waxing Pads
    Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0
    Wolfgang Finishing Glaze
    Nikken Finishing Papers
    Meguiar's E-7200 Backing Pad

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    Detailer's Pride Max Wax
    Cobra Supreme 530 Microfiber Towel 6 Pack


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    Had to throw that last quote in there, I made it up years ago and after doing this extreme demo it seemed fitting...





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    Re: Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    Wow, fantastic write up on an apparently fantastic tool.

    Nice camera work and text as always Mike.
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    Re: Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    Mike, as always-great write up!


    Mike took me back to show me this panel this afternoon. Really wasn't expecting that kind of finished product from a 3" machine.

    The shine and reflection was as good as a rotary w/DA to polish... all from that little machine.

    Thanks Mike for the sneak preview.

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    Re: Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    Cool! How much time it took for that section?

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    Re: Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    You are like Mcgyver in the detailing world Mike.....

    Give you a spoon and a bucket of sand in the desert and you can make a car shine.....

    I like that GG 3" machine more and more.....
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    Re: Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    Nice demo Mike! Looks like a nice tool to into those tight areas.

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    Re: Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    it would def be nice to have one of these with some really nice pads instead of ALWAYS using my 3M headlight kit pad with my drill, lol.
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    Re: Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    WOW, just as I expected from the "Master of Correction". Excellent work Mike!!!
    I see a new purchase in my future.
    Ok suggestion for another Demo & use for the new gen2 3" GG polisher PLEASE.
    How about an "Extreme Water Spot" windshield demo using GG's winshield / glass polishing pad's, glass polish, etc. Seems in my area Hard water spots coupled with "Well Water" run's amuck for my clients. I noticed that AG doesn't carry the 3" glass polish pad's or I haven't seen them (could very well be an oversight on my part).
    Again, Excellent work Mike & thank you for all you do.

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    Re: Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    Very nice! Would love to have one of these someday.
    But, where do you pick up the posters? My garage could use some love. :D

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    Re: Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher - Extreme Demo - Warning!

    Mike how do you think it would work for sanding headlights?
    Going to offer this service next year and try to come up with a system. I don't won't to use air. I don't have room for a large compressor in my truck.
    Thanks for any info Jim

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