Adam's Polishes Swirl Killer

Adam's Swirl Killer Machine Polisher | Long Throw Random Orbital Polisher

Adam's Swirl Killer is a long throw random orbital machine polisher designed with our customer inmind. This product has less vibration, reduced long term fatigue and has been tested in the marketon hundreds of cars for over a year. With the Swirl Killer, you can confidently remove swirl marks,scratches, and other flaws in the painted surface of your vehicle in a safe and easy manner whenpaired with the proper pads and polishes, to make your vehicle look as perfect as possible.



Q: What is a Long Throw Polisher?

A: A long throw polisher like the Adam’s Swirl Killer is a dual-action machine polisher that oscillates andshakes the backing plate and polishing pad in many directions in quick motions several thousand timesper minute. The movement mimics how our hand and a hand applicator would move in an irregular circular pattern when polishing or waxing a surface by hand. Dual action polishers differ from rotary buffers in that rotary buffers have fixed rotation and spin only in a circular motion without oscillating the pad. Rotary buffers are rated in Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) rather than Oscillations Per Minute(OPM) of a Long Throw Dual Action Polisher. Long Throw Polishers typically have a 15mm or 21mm orbit pattern. While a 21mm throw can correctimperfections a little more quickly than a 15mm throw, the larger orbit and larger pad size for these machines can make them a little more difficult to use on some vehicles with very complex curves, whichmakes a 15mm machine more versatile for most our customers. Therefore, we chose a 15mm throw with smaller 5.5” and 6” pads for the Adam’s Swirl Killer.Adam’s Swirl Killer allows you to finish down a surface amazingly, to as near flawless as possible with minimal effort - in as little as one polishing step in some instances, unlike rotary buffers which can leaveholograms or buffer trails from improper technique, pad type, or compound, which could then require additional polishing steps to make the surface hologram free. The longer throw of the Swirl Killer whencompared to other traditional random orbital polishers allows for stronger and faster correction, while still being safe on the surface. For these reasons, Long Throw Polishers are bridging the gap in regards totime savings compared to Rotary Buffers.

Q: How does the Adam’s Swirl Killer work? How does it remove swirl marks and imperfections?

A: The Adam’s Swirl Killer Polisher works by rotating and oscillating a foam or microfiber polishing pad across the clean and clayed painted surface of a vehicle, using the pad to spread a micro abrasive polish and work it into the finish. The polish and pad smooth away imperfections like light scratches and swirl marks by leveling out the surface, removing a very thin layer of clear coat or base coat at the micron level, rather than attempting to hide or fill them in with a temporary product. Adam’s Correcting Polish with an Adam’s 6” Orange Foam Pad attached to the machine can be used to cut through most typical swirl marks in a safe manner. Some deeper imperfections or very hard clear coats may require a more aggressive approach, which can be handled with Adam’s Heavy Correcting Compound and an Adam’s 6” Blue Foam Pad or Microfiber Cutting Pad. Lastly, Adam’s Finishing Polish when combined with an Adam’s 6” White Foam Pad will leave the surface as perfect as possible, removing any very fine micro-scratches that may have been caused by the Correcting Polish or Heavy Correcting Compound, and providing the best shine and gloss possible before applying the appropriate Adam’s protection product – sealant, wax, or coating – for your vehicle.

Q: What are the technical specifications of the Adam’s Swirl Killer Polisher?

A: The Adam’s Swirl Killer has a 15mm throw orbit diameter, which means that the backing plate and attached foam or microfiber polishing pad oscillate 15mm in multiple directions, thousands of times per minute. It has a speed control dial with speeds from 1-6, with “1” being the lowest amount Oscillations Per Minute at 2,000 OPM, to “6” being the highest at 4,500 OPM. It contains a 700W motor for strong and safe paint correction. The backing plate is approximately 5” in diameter, making it compatible with multiple generations of Adam’s 6” machine polishing pads. The polisher itself weighs 5.75 pounds and is approximately 16.75” in length. The power cord length is 25 feet to have less worry about running out of length while maneuvering around a vehicle.

Q: What is the warranty/repair policy for the Adam’s Swirl Killer Polisher?

A: Adam’s Swirl Killer comes with a standard 1 year warranty. It covers any defects, manufacturing issues, or operational failures to the machine. Please contact our Customer Service team by phone at 866-965- 0400 or by email to for any warranty or repair work for fastest resolution to any problems.

Q: What are the design benefits of this polisher?

A: The Swirl Killer Polisher has several design features that make it more enjoyable and comfortable to use. The trigger is large, easy to engage, and has a lock mechanism to reduce strain and fatigue on your fingers when polishing for an extended period. The trigger also features a soft start for a smooth and safe start when you pull the trigger. The hand grip above the polishing head is rubber for reduced vibration through your hand and arm. The backing plate has a strong Velcro hook and loop system to keep polishing pads secure during use, but still easy enough to remove the pad without too much effort. The power cord is a soft rubber design for pliability so that it can drape over your shoulder while polishing or get twisted up as easily. It’s also a very long 25 feet for easier maneuverability around the vehicle.

Q: What are the wear items of the Adam’s Swirl Killer Polisher? How long will it last?

A: There are a few possible wear items with the Swirl Killer Polisher: The brushes inside of the polisher housing can wear down over time, much like other power tools. We include spare brushes, and they can be replaced easily by following the instructional video here: Adam’s Swirl Killer Brush Replacement How-To. The backing plate is another wear item. Over time, the hook and loop Velcro attachment system can weaken, especially if the machine is abused by using too much downward pressure on a panel, which can create more heat build-up in the pad and backing plate. Excessive heat from overuse could potentially melt the Velcro material if the pad gets too hot, so we do recommend polishing in a 2-foot by 2-foot section at a time and allowing the machine to cool down for a few minutes if it begins to feel very warm. With proper use, the backing plate will hold up fine through several vehicles and multiple years of use. If the backing plate begins to fail or does not seem to hold a pad as firmly, test out a new pad first to see how well it attaches. If it does not hold well, it may be time to purchase a new replacement backing plate, which we offer here: Adam’s Swirl Killer 5” Backing Plate. The third main possible wear item is the power cord. If the power cord is sliced open, kinked too tightly (for example, caught under a tire), or damaged at the attachment point to the handle of the machine from wrapping the cord too tightly, these all pose risk of possible electrical issues or injury. Do not operate the machine if the cord is damaged in any way, and contact out Customer Service Team by phone at 866-965- 400 or by email to

Q: How do I properly care for the polisher?

A: This polisher is a precision tool. Like all precision tools, it should be respected and not abused. Do not drop the polisher. Always unplug the polisher and store it in a safe location after use. Keep the polisher away from children to avoid any possible injury. Do not use the polisher in any way other than intended - to polish a painted surface. Do not modify the polisher, as this will void the warranty. Do not wrap the cord too tightly around the polisher, to avoid any possible damage or electrical shorts. Perform routine maintenance – inspect the polisher before and after every use, ensure that vents in the polisher casing are free of obstructions during use and afterward to allow for proper cooling. Keep the machine clean of excess polish residue or dust by wiping the casing with a damp towel. Only use the trigger lock mechanism on the machine – do not use any other form of trigger lock. Always start and stop the polisher with the pad face flat on the surface to be polished. Do not free-spin the polisher off the painted surface at high speeds. Keep your fingers firmly near the hand grip and away from the spinning backing plate to avoid injury.

Q: Are backing plates covered under warranty?

A: The backing plate is considered a wear item, so damage to the backing plate from overheating the backing plate surface from improper use is not covered under warranty. We do have replacement backing plates available for purchase. In the event of a manufacturing defect, we will warranty the backing plate following the standard warranty of the polisher itself.

Q: What polishing pads are compatible with Adam’s Swirl Killer Polisher?

A: Our newest 5.5” foam and microfiber polishing pads are compatible with and designed for the Adam’s Swirl Killer Polisher; however, our previous Generation 5 and Generation 6 pads are compatible as well. The Gen6 foam pads will have slightly more pad overhang on the backing plate, but they will still be effective at polishing.

Q: Do you offer any complete package kits with the Swirl Killer Polisher?

A: Yes, we offer a few different package kits for the Swirl Killer, linked below: Adam’s Heavy Correcting Swirl Killer Polishing Kit, Adam’s Swirl Killer Basic Polishing Kit, Adam’s Swirl Killer Complete Polishing Kit

Q: How long will it take to machine polish an entire vehicle?

A: Performing a full paint correction on a vehicle can vary significantly based on many factors, so there’s no fair amount of time to list here. Some vehicles may quickly correct in as little as 1 step with the orange Correcting Polish and an Orange Foam Pad, but others may require a full 3 step polishing process with Heavy Correcting Compound, Correcting Polish, and then Finishing Polish with their respective pads. Size of the vehicle also factors in – trucks and crossover vehicles have much more surface area than a small sports car, so logically they will take more time to complete. Vehicles with a hard clear coat may take more passes to get perfect than others with a soft clear coat or single stage paint finish. Once you factor in washing the vehicle and claying prior to paint correction, the whole process could take upwards of 10 hours or more, so you will want to plan accordingly if you need to space the work out over multiple days.

Q: What is the operating decibel level of the Adam’s Swirl Killer?

A: The maximum decibel level measured from the Adam’s Swirl Killer during use is XXX dB measured at 3 feet from the polisher and XX dB measured from 10 feet. Hearing protection is recommended for prolonged use of the polisher.

Q: What is the power requirement for the Adam’s Swirl Killer?

A: Adam’s Swirl Killer uses standard 110V electricity found in the U.S. It is not compatible with 220V electricity found in many countries. The Swirl Killer uses a grounded electrical plug. Do not modify the electrical plug for use with a non-grounded power outlet.

Q: Why doesn’t the Adam’s Swirl Killer come with a threaded side-mount handle attachment?

A: We do not include a side mount handle with the Swirl Killer because in our testing, it does not allow the polisher to perform as well as it does without the handle. Having a side handle can cause uneven pressure and a tilting of the polishing pad and backing plate as you use the machine, whereas with having one hand at the trigger and your other hand above the polishing head at the top of the machine, this allows for more control and a better feel to have equal, flat, and light downward pressure on the surface being worked upon. Side handles are typically heavy as well, adding more weight to the machine and more shipping weight to the packaging of the polisher.

Q: How many polishing pads do I need to complete polishing one vehicle?

A: You may be able to accomplish polishing an entire vehicle with one pad of each type/color; however, you would need to span this out over the course of several days, since the polishing pad will most likely have too much polish residue built up into it after you’ve polished half of the vehicle to continue being effective, and it would then need to be thoroughly cleaned out and let dry before using it again for the remainder of the vehicle. Therefore, we typically recommend having at least 2 clean polishing pads of each type if you are wishing to do a full paint correction in one detailing session. Having a backup pad in case of any accidental pad damage from sharp emblems and so on is also good practice so that you don’t end up stuck in the middle of a detail while waiting for new pads to arrive.

Q: What is the expected life of a polishing pad?

A: If properly cared for and not abused, our microfiber and foam polishing pads should have a life of 3-5 full paint corrections or more. Abuse from improper technique, too much downward pressure, harsh chemical cleaners, dried up polish residue in the pad, and several other factors could reduce pad life significantly

Q: What is the diameter of the Gen 7 Adam’s Polishing Pads?

A: The outer diameter of our Gen 7 Foam Polishing Pads is 5.75” and the inner Velcro diameter is 5”. The outer diameter of our new Blue and White Microfiber Cutting Pad is 5.75” and the inner Velcro diameter is 5” as well. Both were designed specifically to be used with our Swirl Killer Polisher, but they may fit on other machine backing plates too.

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