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    RUPES Mille Review by 2black1s

    RUPES Mille Review by 2black1s


    My new Rupes Mille arrived today. I'm starting this thread off with my initial impressions of the tool before actually using it and will update it as I put the tool to work, hopefully this weekend.

    First thought... I LIKE it! A lot! It is solid feeling and is very well built. A world-class quality tool no doubt. The only thing I'd change if I could at this initial juncture is the mile-long cord, but that is not a reflection on the tool itself, and I was aware of it before making the purchase. I'm just not a fan of these super-long cords.

    I'm inclined, without even using it yet, that I made the right choice in its purchase. I did give it a quick dry-pad-run over my kitchen table just to feel it out. No surprises there.

    Can't wait the put it to real use. Stay tuned.

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    And the engineer in me had to know how it works so some explorative surgery was in order...

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    The only engineering/design feature that I might have done differently is the "keying" of the counterweight. As it is you could install the counterweight 180 degrees out of phase. With a slight change to the keying feature that could have been prevented by only allowing installation one way.




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    Re: Rupes Mille Review

    Plug it in and rev that "sucker" up!

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    Re: Rupes Mille Review

    You could swap out the power cord to one of their shorter ones. I did that with their mini that had the long cord on it.

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    Re: Rupes Mille Review

    Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post
    You could swap out the power cord to one of their shorter ones. I did that with their mini that had the long cord on it.
    That thought has crossed my mind.

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    Re: RUPES Mille Review by 2black1s

    Nice review and pictures.

    One thing for sure, RUPES builds quality tools.


    I'm really looking forward to your review and experience with this gear-driven orbital polisher, especially since you're a long-time rotary guy.


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    Re: RUPES Mille Review by 2black1s

    Tried out the Rupes Mille for 2-3 hours today for the first time.

    I used my neighbor’s truck hood (Chevy Colorado) as the test specimen. It’s a medium/dark blue-gray metallic paint that is far from pristine. Swirls, RIDS (Random Isolated Deeper Scratches), bird etchings, and just a general hazy look to it. Perfect to put the Mille through its paces. In all honesty, if I wasn’t testing out the Rupes Mille, my rotary w/wool would have been the chosen tool for the first step. Nevertheless, today was a Mille day. And no "light polish" test spot was required... It was more like how many compounding steps will I need.


    The Process (Note that only the hood was addressed)

    - Waterless Wash
    - Clay
    - Compound; Meg’s 110 w/ Rupes D-A Coarse Cutting Pad (Blue 5-6”) and Meg’s Soft Buff Cutting Pad (Maroon 5”)
    - Polish; Meg’s 210 w/ Rupes D-A Fine Polishing Pad (Yellow 5-6”) and Meg’s Soft Buff Polishing Pad (Yellow 5”)
    - Sealant; Meg’s 21 by hand

    I started the compounding step using the Rupes pad noted above. Now mind you, this is my first ever experience with a Forced Rotation Orbital so I was curious as to how it would feel. Generally speaking, it felt quite natural to me. There was no real learning curve to speak of. But something about the Rupes pad felt “off”. It was too firm and felt like it just skated along the surface. I did a couple sections and then decided to try the Meg’s pad noted above and liked it much better. I finished the compounding step with the Meg’s pad. And note, there is only about 1/4” diameter difference between the Rupes 5-6” and the Meg’s 5” pads.

    I repeated the compounding step twice over the entire hood. I’m not a “count your section-passes” kind of guy, more of a “timed buffing period” type, so I can’t tell you exactly how many section-passes I made but I buffed for a period of time that would be proportionate to roughly 6-8 section-passes for each of the two compounding steps. This removed all of the paint defects that I dared to address, leaving behind only some of the deeper RIDS and etchings.

    Next, I refined the finish with the polishing step. Again, like I did with the compounding step, I started with the Rupes pad. This yellow pad felt much better polishing than the blue pad felt compounding so I continued on… But I thought, let’s try a Meg’s polishing pad. And again, I preferred the Meg’s pad.

    Finally, I applied Meg’s 21 sealant by hand.


    My Impressions

    The Mille performed as well as I expected it would. I love how the 5mm orbit handled the concave contours leading into body lines, which there are five of on this particular Chevy Colorado hood. The only tool that could handle these areas any better would be a rotary with a flexible backing plate and pad and/or your hand. The tool was smooth and comfortable at any speed setting. Most of the compounding was performed at speeds 5-6 (mostly 6) and the polishing at 4-5 (mostly 5). I did slow the speed down in the contours and loved how you could do that without any pad stalling.

    I am 100% satisfied with the Polisher at this point. No "buyer's remorse" here.

    The pads… Unlike the Polisher, the jury is still out on the Rupes pads. I’m not giving up on them yet but I’m also not ordering a bunch either. Not yet anyways as I did prefer the Meg’s pads over the Rupes pads, and especially so with the cutting pad (Blue vs. Maroon).

    Next go-around I'm going to try the Meg's Soft Buff 2.0 7" pads I have. I tried them on the Rupes 6" backing plate (after I was finished for today) and they fit perfectly. I think I read here on this forum that many of Mike's students preferred thicker pads on Forced Rotation Orbitals and the Soft Buff 2.0s fit that description perfectly as they are a full 1" thick and a 1 1/4" thick at the edge.



    General Observations

    Pros:
    - You can work a larger area with the Forced Rotation Orbital than you could with a Random Orbital.
    - Zero pad stalling.
    - Clockwise rotation (as opposed to other Forced Rotation Orbitals)
    - While smoothest with the pad flat, you can skew the pad when necessary/appropriate, and again, no pad stalling.

    Cons;
    - With the tool function, none really, so I'll throw this in... Pad cleaning on the fly, using a brush, is a tad more difficult on the Forced Rotation Orbital than on a Random Orbital because you can’t freely rotate the pad by hand.

    Neutral;
    - When using a Random Orbital, I tend to apply my product nearest to the outer circumference of the pad as the product tends to migrate to the center during the polishing cycle. That was not the case with the Mille. The product seemed to stay more or less where you put it (circumferentially), so I found myself applying some product closer to the center of the pad.

    - The Forced Rotation Orbital is much more closely related to a Random Orbital than to a Rotary in its feel and function. Rotaries are still in a class of their own. If you’re thinking of a Forced Rotation Orbital tool to replace your Rotary – IT ISN'T HAPPENING! While it's possible that some wool or microfiber pads might get you closer, I only had foam pads to try today, so I really can't say. Regardless, I don't see this tool ever matching a Rotary in sheer correction ability and/or speed.

    That’s it for now.

    I have a Chevy Volt tentatively scheduled, in better condition than this Chevy Colorado, for an AIO process. The Volt will be more in-line with my intended use of the Mille and I’ll add my thoughts on the Mille and that process when completed.


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    Re: RUPES Mille Review by 2black1s

    That was a hell of a post! Well done. Easy to read and greatly detailed.RUPES Mille Review by 2black1s

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    Re: RUPES Mille Review by 2black1s

    Cut The Cord

    And I mean that quite literally.

    The 30 foot cord is no longer. It is now a more manageable 10 footer.

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    For the times that I will be using the Rupes pads here's a quick and easy way to center the pad without any wasted effort or time eyeballing the pad into place. A simple yet effective guide pin...

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    My guide pin is a 3/4" wooden dowel with a couple coats of urethane to smooth and seal the wood fibers. It could be made of any material but this is what I had on hand. A nylon dowel would be the perfect material but I didn't have any of that laying around.

    You could also try a deep-well socket in the 9/16s or 14mm range to use as the guide. Then you don't have to make anything.

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    Re: RUPES Mille Review by 2black1s

    Glad to hear you like it. I’d suggest spending some more time with the Rupes yellow pad. I grew up with rotary and when I got my first Flex 3401 years ago it felt natural as well. I to was thrown off some when I started using the Rupes pads, but after forcing myself to use them more, the yellow has become one of the best pads I’ve ever used.

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