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A 6" DA is all the rage, and they work super well, but sometimes I get lazy. Yup, I forget to tape off everything I should have once in a while when making my car shiny, or I often see a small spot of a fender that the 6" DA's don't quite reach into, so I skip it(eek!). But I had a ton of cash built up on my AZ rewards, so I bought the Meguiar's DA Power System($59.99) as well as a pack of their medium (brown) compounding pads($14.99), as it comes with 2(yellow) fine/polishing pads. The best part is I got a $10 mail in rebate on top of buying the products for free!

But the premise of the product is that you can attach the system to any 3/8" or 1/2" VS chuck drill, and make a mini DA buffer/polisher. The pros: smaller diameter(3") that allows you to get into smaller spaces with the face of the pad instead of the edge. Seems to be well made; holds up to any rpm range I've run it in. Pad change is quick and easy. The foams Meguiar's uses for the pads take to cleanup very easily. If you're a user of the Mother's power ball or a similar product for rim polishing, this can be used as a decent alternative. The price point is very attractive when compared to a full size Flex DA or Porter cable(roughly half!). It seems like it's almost impossible to apply too much pressure to the pad when running.

The cons: Can't really expect great results with any cordless drill; the battery just can't hold up to a long usage cycle(RPM fade). Most of us have a corded 3/8" drill around somewhere, but very few have variable speed settings, except with the amount of pressure applied to the trigger. Unless you've got an angled drill similar to a Bosch 1132VSR, the handling of it takes about 5 minutes to get used to when compared to a true DA.

All in all though, I'd rate this product a B+. I was able to use the polishing (yellow) pads with a bit of Plastix on my headlights with impressive results, and though I did tape off, there was no spall or splatter of product at max rpm. The tight radius of the edge allowed me to get into some areas I've been meaning to machine compound on the paint that I wasn't excited about attempting previously with my full size Flex. I tackled the chrome around the windows and doors(waterspots, what?) again with the fine pads, and wasn't concerned about draping tons of paper and tape everywhere to avoid overuse. For S&G I ended up applying a coat of wax to my entire Passat with this and it went well. So all in all YMMV, but if you've considered a DA and you're willing to learn the trigger of your existing drill I'd say go out and try this.
 

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For that price the DA polisher from Horrible Freight isn't bad.
 

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Or get a 3.5" backing plate and a few 4" pads :)
 

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Or get a 3.5" backing plate and a few 4" pads :)
After spending $300 on my Flex, I was under the assumption that the backing plates would be a bit pricey... but like I said in the first post, it might be a viable option for some, whereas for others it may not. I honestly didn't remember seeing the smaller plates for my DA; do you have some, and if so where'd ya find them?
 

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Just get a HF polisher. Unless you're going to be really hardcore and pretty much running a detaining business, the HF one will be more than suitable.
 

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I got a Cardboard Freight DA polisher for $40 on super coupon sale. Couldn't be happier with it. The HF foam pads for the DA aren't bad either.
 

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I have tried 3 types of DA.
1. Megs DA- powerful and expensive
2. Porter cable- cheapest and user friendly
3. Griot- Most powerful
 

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Hello all,
I use a PC 7424XP with a 3" backing plate from 3M (with the PC 5" counter weight) and 3Ms 05759 pink/violet foam pad with Menzerna 400 for small areas where the clearcoat is scratched. I found that Menzerna is a more effective solution than M205. I bought all this stuff from Amazon. I don't like drills.
 

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Hello all,
I use a PC 7424XP with a 3" backing plate from 3M (with the PC 5" counter weight) and 3Ms 05759 pink/violet foam pad with Menzerna 400 for small areas where the clearcoat is scratched. I found that Menzerna is a more effective solution than M205. I bought all this stuff from Amazon. I don't like drills.
Yes you are correct M205 has a more softer touch agitation compared with 400. It more of American and European standards as we say.
 
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