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.
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.
Darren's Professional Tips: Many guys having come to the conclusion that the Rupes Bigfoot car polisher is the one they want, 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:
Darren's Note: Based on my experience and based on the feedback form the many guy's I have trained, I recommend the 15mm version if this is your first polisher. The weight difference between this smaller version and the larger version will also create an even better user experience.
The world is filled with examples of products that seem to come with inflated prices due to trending social currency. This is a glorified way of saying you are paying a premium for a name brand.
The Rupes polisher might actually be one of those moments.
Don't get me wrong as they make great tools. Specifically, they make great car polishers and they have numerous choices in which to separate you from your money.
But is the Rupes car polishers the fist recommendation I would give to most people looking to polish their car?
probably not....unless you have deep pockets and always shop the latest and greatest in name brands (can anyone say Rolex watches here?)
I realize that most people are working with a tight budget; especially if you are starting out on a shoe-string budget. And if you are one of the many either working on a shoe-string budget, or just aren't ready to drop such serious money just to polish your own car occasionally, then I recommend one of the many alternative's the industry is filled with.
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. This could be additional Rupes Bigfoot car polishers, or the many other car polishers on the market)
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!