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Polishing Your Vehicle Should Be Routine Maintenance

Mar 18, 2011

Polishing Your Vehicle Should be Routine Maintenance

Consider the Porter Cable 7424XP and Lake Country Pads

You know spring is coming when you wake up and hear the sound of birds chirping outside your window at six in the morning. Whether you live in the city, country side, or suburb it’s hard not to notice the remains of winter 2011 vanishing from your everyday lives. Your backyard is a little soggier, the roads you drive on to go to work are a little wider, and hopefully the fears of your roof collapsing have begun to fade. Whatever the case may be, you and your property have taken a toll from the snow, sleet, and freezing rain during this past winter season.

Although you feel like you’ve gotten the worst of it, one of the biggest victims of this year’s winter abuse is your vehicle. It’s had dirt, salt, and snow caked onto it for possibly three months. And who knows where that snow has been before it decorated your vehicle. I know personally that plenty of people walk their dogs on my street, just saying.

Cars need an automotive manicure. Bringing them to the car wash every once in a while is a necessary, and preventive step to auto care, but so is polishing your vehicle by hand. You could make the argument that most car washes do all of this for you and the convenience is unmatchable, and I’ll agree with you. However, polishing your car at the car wash is like brushing your teeth with a large wire brush. It can generally hit the highlights, but it does a spotty job and I wouldn’t recommend it as the first option.

Then why it is important to polish your vehicle?

Polishing removes imperfections such as scratches, oxidation and spotting. Polishing helps level the paint’s surface to give a lustrous shine. During the past winter your car’s probably seen its fair share of ricocheting rocks, salt on the road, and maybe even accidental scratches. With the coming of spring, now is the perfect time to repair your car’s look from these winter elements.

Porter Cable 7424XP Diagram

First, you’re going to need a Polisher. There are several different brands you could go with but many people prefer the 7424 XP made by Porter Cable. The Porter Cable 7424XP provides smooth handling, an electronic variable of 2,500 – 6,800 OPM, and a 4.5 Amp – 500 Watt Motor. Unlike its 7424 model, the Porter Cable 7424XP shape is more ergonomic, and has a speed switch which allows easy speed changing on the fly.

Next, you’ll need pads to slide on to that polisher. Lake Country provides you with the best quality for the best price. They make both CCS styled pads, and Kompressor Foam Pads. Both are more or less just as effective, but allow you to choose which look and feel you prefer. Kompressor pads are slotted in two different directions while the foam isn’t compressed, but when the foam is compressed this creates a sweet spot on the face of the pad. The CCS pads have dimples across their face to allow for more control when polishing at angles, and a back beveled Velcro platform that helps center it on the polisher to provide extra flexibility.

You’ve invested your time and money into your vehicle, whether it’s straight off the lot or just hitting the 90,000 mile mark. It’s helped you get from point A to point B when you asked it to. So just as you would bring it for its routine maintenance to improve its function, you should polish your vehicle to maintain its look and as well as its body.

Written By Joseph Scovill