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Old 05-07-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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Cool Another Porter Cable / Adams Convert (Beware: Shiny Blue Camaro Porn ahead ;) )

So after trying to use the Craftsman orbital to work on my car and having it throw off every damn bonnet I put on, I said screw it and went with the advice of those here.

Picked up a PC (7346 because they didn't have the 7424; but it's the exact same machine, mine just came with an extra sanding pad).

Used my Adams Swirl and Haze Remover and Fine Machine Polish with the PC polishing pad that came with the orbital. I had used Revive last week-- didn't use the Buttery Wax this time around. Didn't even need to (though I plan to wax it this afternoon; ran out of time, but); the FMP made my car look new again. And-- It was SO easy to use the PC; even for someone who had never used one before!

WOW!!!!! Adams and Porter Cable gave me my brand new car back She looks SO amazing. My family was marveling at how my paint "looked like a mirror!"

Figures it's supposed to rain today

Thank you all for the tips and advice. Yep, you were right. Adams + Porter-Cable FTW. It was SO nice to not have to spend four hours hand-polishing my car.

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:39 AM   #2
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looks awesome Belle. PC + Adams = .
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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looks awesome Belle. PC + Adams = .


I was wondering-- do you know-- if I order the Adams pads for my PC, do I have to order their backing plate, too? If so which one do I get? I see a weird looking "premium" one and then a more normal looking 4" "focus" one.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:51 AM   #4
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the premium pad is the one you want. the 4" backing plate is for the 4" focal pads.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:57 AM   #5
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looks great!! what a shine
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:16 AM   #6
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So after trying to use the Craftsman orbital to work on my car and having it throw off every damn bonnet I put on, I said screw it and went with the advice of those here.

Picked up a PC (7346 because they didn't have the 7424; but it's the exact same machine, mine just came with an extra sanding pad).

Used my Adams Swirl and Haze Remover and Fine Machine Polish with the PC polishing pad that came with the orbital. I had used Revive last week-- didn't use the Buttery Wax this time around. Didn't even need to; the FMP made my car look new again. And-- It was SO easy to use the PC; even for someone who had never used one before!

WOW!!!!! Adams and Porter Cable gave me my brand new car back She looks SO amazing. My family was marveling at how my paint "looked like a mirror!"

Figures it's supposed to rain today :mad0263:

Thank you all for the tips and advice. Yep, you were right. Adams + Porter-Cable FTW. It was SO nice to not have to spend four hours hand-polishing my car.

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If you did not do a coat of the machine sealant then at the very least you need to put a coat of wax for protection. FMP does not offer any protection. Really you should do a coat of sealant, then a coat of wax but at the minimum you need to get a coat of wax on it.

Oh yea, looks good
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:18 AM   #7
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If you did not do a coat of sealant then at the very least you need to put a coat of wax for protection.
this.. i didnt even catch that. you definitely need to put something on it to protect it.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:20 AM   #8
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If you did not do a coat of the machine sealant then at the very least you need to put a coat of wax for protection. FMP does not offer any protection. Really you shold do a coat of sealant, then a coat of wax but at the minimum you need to get a coat of wax on it.

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I plan on waxing it this afternoon; I just ran out of time yesterday. Probably should have mentioned that lol

Do you guys know if I HAVE to have the Adams' backing plate to use their pads?
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #9
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I plan on waxing it this afternoon; I just ran out of time yesterday. Probably should have mentioned that lol

Do you guys know if I HAVE to have the Adams' backing plate to use their pads?
Yes, you should get the backing plate and the larger pads. The smaller pads are for more detailed work/area and obviously would take longer.

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Old 05-07-2012, 11:28 AM   #10
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Yes, you should get the backing plate and the larger pads. The smaller pads are for more detailed work/area and obviously would take longer.

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I'm just surprised they would make pads that won't work on the PC machine without their backing plate It just seems like a way to get more money out of us....
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:32 AM   #11
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I'm just surprised they would make pads that won't work on the PC machine without their backing plate It just seems like a way to get more money out of us....
How else would you swap between the various pads without a backing plate then? If all our pads were like the one that came with your machine, when they wore out (6-12 uses) you'd be buying a pad with a built in plate.

Plus the process of changing from one pad to another would require you to unbolt the plate versus just pulling off the velcro.

Trust me, its not a money making scheme... its actually quite the opposite.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:48 AM   #12
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How else would you swap between the various pads without a backing plate then? If all our pads were like the one that came with your machine, when they wore out (6-12 uses) you'd be buying a pad with a built in plate.

Plus the process of changing from one pad to another would require you to unbolt the plate versus just pulling off the velcro.

Trust me, its not a money making scheme... its actually quite the opposite.
Ah, your pads last a while then? That's comforting

I'll buy 'em as soon as I can afford it... thanks to the PC and my $100 Adams purchase today I am broke!!!
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:48 AM   #13
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Yes I agree. Adam's system is very convenient. No hassle going from one pad to another. Very easy to use even for a novice like myself. By the way, the car looks great!
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:32 PM   #14
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