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#394636 - 06/28/13 12:29 PM Re: Maybe I should start a v4.0 build thread somewhere [Re: nickbuol]
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Dewalt D26451K from Lowes. I had a $10 coupon so I got it for $50.

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#394639 - 06/28/13 01:19 PM Re: Maybe I should start a v4.0 build thread somewhere [Re: nickbuol]
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The sander i bought came from canadian tire, on sale half price. Only a 2amp but it works decent. only wish is that it had speed control for starting out. once i apply pressure its works really well. May try starting it after its on the surface. In this day and age i think they all come from the same chinese factory,just built according to customer request.



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#394640 - 06/28/13 01:24 PM Re: Maybe I should start a v4.0 build thread somewhere [Re: nickbuol]
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Tom, I bought a Random Orbit Sander not long ago. After much research I bought this Bosch. Around the time I bought it, two different magazines did big head-to-head tests and the Bosch was the top pick in both.

This, despite me buying black/yellow stuff almost exclusively the last several years.
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#394644 - 06/28/13 02:26 PM Re: Maybe I should start a v4.0 build thread somewhere [Re: nickbuol]
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I should note, though, that the DeWalts are popular and well-reviewed. My note of the Bosch was to add another possible option, not to say it's better than the DeWalt! smile
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#394645 - 06/28/13 02:30 PM Re: Maybe I should start a v4.0 build thread somewhere [Re: nickbuol]
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I've heard good things about the $80+ Bosch line too. (Everyone makes a "cheap" line, thus my comment about the $80+ stuff.)
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#394646 - 06/28/13 02:32 PM Re: Maybe I should start a v4.0 build thread somewhere [Re: nickbuol]
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In some forums, guys fight about tool manufacturers the way others fight about HT or Ford v. Chevy.

I just wanted to NOT be one of those guys! grin
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#394650 - 06/28/13 03:06 PM Re: Maybe I should start a v4.0 build thread somewhere [Re: nickbuol]
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Too late.

Well, upon further review, apparently you can't/shouldn't use a random orbital sander designed for wood work to do anything like waxing your car. Something about the length of the throw/orbit. Which I doubt would matter TO ME, but now I've digested enough information to be confused into inaction.
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#394652 - 06/28/13 03:07 PM Re: Maybe I should start a v4.0 build thread somewhere [Re: nickbuol]
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This was for a car? I guess I read your post too quickly.

I looked for a car buffer last year and bought a Ryobi. The reviews sucked on all of them so I went cheap. I haven't used it yet.

My cars look like crap.
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#394666 - 06/28/13 08:47 PM Re: Maybe I should start a v4.0 build thread somewhere [Re: tomtuttle]
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Porter Cable 7346 is hands down the best option. I have and it's the best polisher for the money.
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#394670 - 06/28/13 11:01 PM Re: Maybe I should start a v4.0 build thread somewhere [Re: nickbuol]
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OK. Stay on target... Stay on target...

Some quick pictures tonight. First some unsanded Bondo pics.







Then time to sand with the new Dewalt orbital sander.

When things don't sand so well, change out the sandpaper.
New sandpaper disc with 3 used ones. Night and day performance difference.



And here are some sanded Bondo pictures. It feels VERY smooth and this is just with 80 grit paper. I still have some small spots to touch up with a little bit of Bondo, and then I will block sand it all with 100 grit (which makes it even smoother) before the final glazing putty/sand and then prime stage.





I was going to put that touchup Bondo, but it started raining (it is also 10:00 pm) and right then my wife and oldest said "let's watch a movie". So tomorrow I should have it done.

I am still not 100% sure that this is worth the effort. I think that the groove/Bondo thing on the seams is a good idea, but putting Bondo on the whole thing is probably overkill for someone not going to a black piano finish for an end result. Oh well, I am experimenting with something that I won't even see in the end, but will learn a lot along the way.
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