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Old 05-07-2012, 11:37 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, 11:39 AM   #2
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looks awesome Belle. PC + Adams = .
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:49 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, 11:51 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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looks great!! what a shine
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:16 PM   #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, 12:18 PM   #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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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.

Oh yea, looks good
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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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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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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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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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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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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What took ya so long???

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Adam's is the only thing that makes everyone Really envy our IBM.... Really shows the true depth of the color.
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With Adam's Buttery wax applied at lunch!

I've gotten twice the compliments I normally get today. A bunch of cops outside the courthouse came over and were talking about her when I came out after dropping off some pleadings to be filemarked. LOL
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:21 PM   #17
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hey belle! I live in sherwood so im just gonna head your way so you can do mine!
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Your Camaro looks great! Really like the "Grandsport" hash marks too
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Yep, that car looks great. I can't wait to get home in a few weeks and get all my Adam's stuff after my car. The easy way to get what you need for your PC will be to get on live chat on the Adam's web site and they will gewt you fixed up. No need to even try to figure it out.
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Mind if I steal that painted hash mark idea? Just need a color that goes with IOM...
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HA! You coming to C5Fest? I need to meet more Arkansas Camaro owners.

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Thank you! People either love 'em or hate 'em, it seems like.

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Mind if I steal that painted hash mark idea? Just need a color that goes with IOM...
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There you go Belle... a way to fund your detailing supplies... charge 'em to detail their cars. The stuff pays for itself!
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LOL! I was able to get a set of Gen 2 pads plus the backing plate shipped pretty cheap to me yesterday so I'll hobble along with that till I can afford to upgrade the pads.

Dylan, will the Gen 4 pads work on one of your older backing plates?
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Yes... the backing hasn't changed, only the face designs, so all the previous gen backing plates work.
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