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Any Suggestions? Dual action polisher or Window tint?

I have a black mustang and I can't decide whether I should get a Dual action polisher or get my windows tinted.

I live in Va and the tint laws are 35% back, 35% rear, and 50% front. I'm concerned that the tint won't be noticeable. Does anyone know of a good tint shop in northern Va?(so far TintFx seems to be the one I'm leaning towards based on the reviews it got on Yelp)

I was looking at a dual action polisher to remove the swirls on my paint. I have seen a bunch of YouTube videos from Autogeek about how to use a dual action polisher, but I'm still concerned that I may damage the car. I've looked at the porter cable 7424xp, griot's garage 6 inch random orbital polisher, and the Meguiars G110v2. Any recommendations on which one I should get?
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Those are some pretty random choices to put up against one another.

I don't like tint personally as a driver, mainly because I can't see that we'll at night to begin with and it would probably affect my day vision as well.

I have the PC DA polisher and its a great tool, and from what I've read all 3 of your choices are just fine. You are not going to damage your finish with proper use. The learning curve not difficult and is more about not making a mess slinging product and using it most effectively than anything.

The mike Wilson vids on AG are a great place to start.

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the new tint doesn't affect night driving at all...down here you wouldn't want to not have it...
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In some areas, window tint is a necessity. A black car is going to look better with the tint. For me, it was the first thing I had done.

As far as the swirl marks, if you are not trained on the use of polishers then you should learn the proper techniques, or let a pro do it. You can do some real damage to your paint by mistakes or poor techniques.
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As far as the swirl marks, if you are not trained on the use of polishers then you should learn the proper techniques, or let a pro do it. You can do some real damage to your paint by mistakes or poor techniques.
I strongly disagree with this statement. With a rotary, yes. Not with a DA

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I live in nova and have 35% all around. that's what the owner of the shop said hes put on all his cars for years and never has been harassed. it doesn't affect vision at all, day or night, and it makes the car look 100 times better along with the other benefits of tint. Id say do the tint. I went to LA tint. they guarantee there work for bubbles, fading, etc. its a little pricey, but in my opinion worth it.

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Richmond here with 20% all the way around and never had a problem. From my experience cops don't care much about tint, exhaust, and things of that sort till you get in northern va near DC for obvious reasons.
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Having the windows tinted will make the car look far better, and will help cool down the interior when it's sunny outside.

Do the tint.

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As far as the swirl marks, if you are not trained on the use of polishers then you should learn the proper techniques, or let a pro do it. You can do some real damage to your paint by mistakes or poor techniques.
With a dual action, it's almost impossible to damage your paint. You'd have to be basically trying to on purpose.


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Do 20% tint all around if your doing it... anything less and you will regret not doing darker... ive been there twice trust me..

As for the polisher, f that. do it by hand... its all good you can do a great job like that...

I much rather tint, an actual mod then a polisher.

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As much as I respect a person that wants to keep there car shining and polished I have to tell you that for a dd vehicle it's a loosing battle. What I bought my new car I obsessed over the black paint. I hated how you could see every small defect... I did the buffer and polisher thing and while they work great there was just no keeping a daily driven car spotless and scratch free.

Now I have pretty much gave up trying for show car perfection and go for a treating of turtle wax black box. I recently have started trying scratch X as well and it seems to do a nice job.

I have 17% tint and while I like it it is dark at nite. I roll my windows down in parking lots and when I cross streets but most the time it is good. I would recommend the 20% or higher for you. And I think it will make a big difference in the look of the car.


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Nothing can compare to a DA especially for keeping your car in good shape. The only thing I do by hand on my car are the wheels, and glazing, and those spots that are not DA friendly.

There is a certain satisfaction you get when you can remove your own scratches or just get that show car shine. A DA is easy to use. My rule of thumb is if you are unsure and are worried about burn through etc. Use a soft polishing pad no cutting pads, and just use polishing compound not rubbing/cutting compound. It will take you longer to get the same results but for a novice its safer till you get used to it.

Also do your research. One site I love for insight into detailing is ammonyc . com

Also check out their youtube videos.

As far as which one to go with tint or a da, going to have to be your choice our opinions will not help you much considering they are not both mods anyway =). Both cost about the same (a little over $100 for tint, and you can get decent bargains on usable DAs like a Porter Cable 7424XP or better.)

Personally I love polishing my car myself on a nice day with a few beers =)
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Harbor freight DA polisher for $49.99 without a coupon works great. I bought one and have done about 10 cars with it and no issues.

I don' t want to start a Harbor Frieght debate, but I've had good lluck with their stuff, knowing that I use their stuff on a limited basis.

Go to the Autogeek website and there is a thread on DA polishers along with one on the HF one.
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I hand wax or clay bar my car. The water based paint can be rubbed off on corners if not careful, so electric buffers scare me. I'd go with tint that provides UV protection, most do. Besides, VA gets baking hot in summer, and tint can minimize that effect.

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I hand wax or clay bar my car. The water based paint can be rubbed off on corners if not careful, so electric buffers scare me. I'd go with tint that provides UV protection, most do. Besides, VA gets baking hot in summer, and tint can minimize that effect.

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I can guarantee none of us have water based paint on our cars. You would have to be pressing pretty hard on the edges or running the DA too fast an rpm to really burn through it. Best thing to do if your scared is to go to a bone yard buy a cheap fender from any car take it home and practice. Best way to get comfortable.
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