Busted out my porter cable for the first time a couple of weekends ago...
What!? I've never heard of a PC DA polisher breaking. My buddy who details professionally has one that he has used for about 8 years.
Give them a call and I bet they'll replace it. I also use a PC DA polisher.
apparently I should have used a little more abrasive compound. I noticed I still have some very light hairline scratches in the paint when under certain lights.
I think what you needed was a 2-step polish. I used Meguair's (Sp?) M105 with an orange pad followed by Menzerna 4500k nano with a blue pad for my dad's truck up there^. The depth of the gloss is unreal.
ETA: Used Poorboys polish w/ sealant and and the orange lake county pad...not enough correction in the combo.
What brand of car is it? Clear coat hardness varies for each make of vehicle.
Do the Lake County pads work with the backing plate that comes with the PC?
No. The included pads with the PC suck. You need to order a backing plate from Autogeek. I have a 5" and a 3" and use 5.5" pads for large panels and 3.5" pads for small areas. I'll post some other pictures later of my work.
EDIT: You should also give microfiber pads a look. A microfiber cutting pad with Meguair's M101 is the hardest cutting compound/pad combo I've found.
This post was edited on 10/15 at 9:27 am