The Rupes Polisher
Is this the new king of the hill?

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The Rupes polisher ( pronounced Roo pez') has made a big splash within the world of auto detailing and looks to take over as the "go-to" car polisher for enthusiasts, beginners, and professionals alike.



Random orbital car polishers have long been established as the easiest and safest of all car polishers. Having been dominated by Porter-Cable that set the bench-mark for random orbitals, it looks as though the industry has responded with this fine piece of Italian engineering.

This Italian tool manufacturer has been at it since 1947 and has a world-worthy reputation for building high-end, quality power tools.


Choosing the Right Car Polisher

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Rupes LHR 15ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher

If you love cars... chances are you also love shiny paint! No topic is discussed, debated, or argued more than the subject of waxing, polishing, or figuring out the best way to get that "wet look" when it comes to your car's paint.


"Darren, how am I supposed to decide if the Rupes polisher is the right choice for me?"


While I can't answer that directly for you, I can help you make an informed decision.

Car Polishers: Understanding the Important

  • Today's random orbital car polishers are fine pieces of engineering.
  • Not the random orbital car buffer you grew up with in your dad's garage.
  • Capable of doing everything from applying car wax to high-performance paint correction.
  • Considered the safer choice between a rotary (high-speed) and a random orbital.
  • Rotary or high-speed car polishers can get you to the finished product quicker, but require a longer learning curve.
  • A rotary car polisher ultimately has less limitations than a random orbital like the Rupes polisher, but for most people, the random orbital is the winning combination of benefits.

Rupes Orbital Car Polishers:

Rupes LHR21 Mark II: (the latest version)



Rupes LHR21 MarkII Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher Deluxe Kit

  • Easiest
  • Safest
  • Beginner to expert
  • Effective whether you are simply applying wax to high-end paint correction.
  • The one and only car polisher 95% of all people will ever require
  • Does have its limitations; will not generate the friction and speed of a rotary that may be a requirement for certain levels of polishing (gel coat/fiberglass restoration as an example) But most people, and certainly most beginners should not concern themselves with this at the beginning.

Darren's Professional Tips: Many guys having come to the conclusion that the Rupes car polisher is the one they want to get, remain stuck in trying to decide between the 21 millimeter throw and the 15 millimeter throw. In talking with endless guys about this dilemma, most beginners opt for the 15 millimeter simply based on their fear. They think the 15 millimeter will be easier to control since they are just beginning. Let me speak from both professional experience, and having helped endless guys come to a final conclusion:

  • Regardless of the Rupes polisher, both the 15 and 21 millimeter polishers will be equally easy to control.
  • The smaller 15 millimeter throw seems like the obvious choice as a beginner, but I personally would recommend the larger 21 millimeter throw.
  • I recommend the larger one as you will be able to cover more areas of the car with less time and effort. (most of ny car is made up of large, mostly flat panels)
  • Beginners also think they will be able to get into tighter areas with the smaller 15 millimeter throw. But this is such a trivial difference, any beginner would not eve be able to tell the difference.
  • I personally think polisher manufacturers simply come up with two versions as a way to seduce a larger crowd into buying one of their polishers versus a competitors. (but that could just be the cynic in Darren displaying itself)
  • The 21 millimeter throw comes with a larger backing plate (6") that accommodates most traditional polishing pads. (6-7 inch polishing pads)



Rupes LHR15 Mark II: (the latest version)



Rupes LHR 15 Mark II Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher - Deluxe Kit

Darren's Professional Tips: Many guys having come to the conclusion that the Rupes car polisher is the one they want to get, remain stuck in trying to decide between the 21 millimeter throw and the 15 millimeter throw. In talking with endless guys about this dilemma, most beginners opt for the 15 millimeter simply based on their fear. They think the 15 millimeter will be easier to control since they are just beginning. Let me speak from both professional experience, and having helped endless guys come to a final conclusion:

  • Regardless of the Rupes polisher, both the 15 and 21 millimeter polishers will be equally easy to control.
  • The smaller 15 millimeter throw seems like the obvious choice as a beginner, but I personally would recommend the larger 21 millimeter throw.
  • I recommend the larger one as you will be able to cover more areas of the car with less time and effort. (most of ny car is made up of large, mostly flat panels)
  • Beginners also think they will be able to get into tighter areas with the smaller 15 millimeter throw. But this is such a trivial difference, any beginner would not eve be able to tell the difference.
  • I personally think polisher manufacturers simply come up with two versions as a way to seduce a larger crowd into buying one of their polishers versus a competitors. (but that could just be the cynic in Darren displaying itself)
  • This smaller, 15 millimeter polisher uses a smaller backing plate and as a rule, should be used with smaller polishing pads (5.5 inch). Not really a problem, but most pads come in the larger 6-7 inch sizes. (just something to consider)



Still Need Helping Choosing the Best Car Polisher?

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I realize that most people are working with a tight budget; especially if you are starting out on a shoe-string budget.

Certainly choosing the Rupes polisher will be one less decision you will have to make for a very long time as you are choosing quality from the start, and it will be the one and only car polisher that you will ever need. ( of course if you become addicted to the art of car polishing, you will find yourself wanting to buy more car polishers down the road )

So quit sitting on the fence and just pull that trigger! You will be amazed at how friendly these latest generation car polishers truly are for even the absolute, fresh out of the gate beginner you may be!

Sincerely,

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