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    A very different question about da polisher

    A very different question about da polisher

    I have a service related brain injury that has severely limited the use of my left hand and arm. In the past couple of years it has gotten much worse. Does anyone know of a polisher that has enough power and can easily be used with one hand? Not looking for sympathy, I have been able to do most things I wanted and needed to do. One gets really good and finding ways to compensate. I was wondering if a electric da sander would work? I know it`s a very small throw though. Not sure how that would work. Looking for advice from those who know much more about this subject. I`m definitely a amateur when it comes to paint correction. Thank you for your support.

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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    Griot’s 6 inch with the 5 inch pad set up should be fine
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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike lambert View Post
    Griot’s 6 inch with the 5 inch pad set up should be fine
    Ok, I was kinda wondering how at first. So I pulled up pictures online. Found this one, so now I get it. One more question then is it light enough that I could good control on vertical surfaces?
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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    Just found this while trying to help.
    https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum...-polisher.html
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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnF350 View Post
    Just found this while trying to help.
    https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum...-polisher.html
    Shawn thank you for finding this link.

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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    What about using a random orbit palm pneumatic sander. Don`t let the word "sander" scare you, you can adjust it so you just polish. Scott, owner of Dallas Paint Correction swears by them and sings praises about them. Check out his videos on using them. Eastwood makes an inexpensive one that`s light. Groits also makes a nice one and has nice backing plates that fit all of them.
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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike lambert View Post
    Griot’s 6 inch with the 5 inch pad set up should be fine
    Agree, OP should be fine, I use mine single handed frequently. I don`t do a whole car that way but with breaks it would be doable.
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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    I`ve found a surprising number of polishers, even seemingly big/awkward ones, can be worked with one hand, but there are a lotta subjective factors.

    The Rupes Mini does come to mind, but I like that Palm Sander idea; those are basically *designed* for one-hand use.

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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    I`ve found a surprising number of polishers, even seemingly big/awkward ones, can be worked with one hand, but there are a lotta subjective factors.

    The Rupes Mini does come to mind, but I like that Palm Sander idea; those are basically *designed* for one-hand use.
    that was my thought, but I was concerned about if there`s an issue of having a very short throw with those. Would it make it too difficult for a novice to get a good finish? If it is an issue, I think I`ll buy the griot`s polisher.

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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    Coleroad- I don`t know how the length of the throw might factor it...hopefully somebody using one will chime in.

    It wouldn`t surprise me if there were a larger assortment of throw-lengths available these days. SO many different units of this type on the market now...used for wetsanding paint too, not just woodworking/etc.

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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    By the way the Eastwood sander has a 2.5mm throw and the Groits has a 10mm throw. The Groits sander may be smoother.

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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by kajunman View Post
    By the way the Eastwood sander has a 2.5mm throw and the Groits has a 10mm throw. The Groits sander may be smoother.
    The da sander I have is 2.38 mm throw.

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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    I wouldn`t expect a 2.xmm throw to be very effective for correcting autopaint, and it sure won`t be *efficient* with regard to time spent.

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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    https://www.autopia-carcare.com/grio...l#.WldpI1SnFdg would be great, but you`ll need an air compressor.

    if you`re only doing light polishing, aio, waxing or sealing- https://www.autopia-carcare.com/grio...l#.WldqfFSnFdg is a nice choice,
    but an extra battery would be needed for sure.

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    Re: A very different question about da polisher

    I use my GG polisher one-handed regularly. I removed the handle for more flexibility in hand position. Mike P. has a thread on Autogeek about removing the handle and replacing the handle bolt. It may take a little experiment in hand positioning to find a comfortable spot, but it`s very doable.

    Bill

 

 
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