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    Re: More aggressive pad, less aggressive polish or...

    I`ve been amazed with what hc400 or bf src compound will finish to with b&s uerofiber pads. But with that said po91e will work well too with the same pads, but it all depends on condition and hardness of the paint. I`ve done 2 chevy cruzes back to back and one had harder clear than the other and only one year apart


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    Re: More aggressive pad, less aggressive polish or...

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    I would *ALWAYS* expect to be happier with a harsh product on a mild pad.

    I`ve *NEVER* been satisfied with a mild product on a harsh pad. NEVER. Don`t even try it any more.

    My view is that the pad should merely facilitate the optimal performance of the product.
    There are many roads that lead to Rome. I do the opposite of Accumulator, with fantastic success. I typically use M205 with a yellow Buff and Shine pad to one step. It gives great results. (I often throw in some Duragloss Squeaky Clean too). One caveat: I soak the pad under hot water first and then squeeze and then spin it damp dry on my rotary at 3000 rpm. That softens it up and helps it finish down beautifully. There are some new compounds like TLC (The Last Compound) that finish down extremely well. If you were going to try it on a softer pad, I think you`d do great using that one.
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    Re: More aggressive pad, less aggressive polish or...

    Richy- See how experiences/preferences differ?!? Never a definitive right/wrong to this stuff.

    Heh heh, you mentioned one of my least favorite products ever there...M205 Yeah, I know I`m in the minority on that score! Another thing were there`s no real right/wrong!
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    BudgetPlan1- You mentioned MF pads; IMO those are kinda a wildcard. IIRC, some "cutting" and "polishing" MF pads are basically the same MF. Not that I`ve ever finished out with MF...
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    Re: More aggressive pad, less aggressive polish or...

    Acumulator

    I have used Lake Country`s MF finishing pads, they are awesome, while doing a customer`s car, I actually stop my work and sent Dave at Lake Country an email telling him how excellent they are.
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    atgonzales- Ah, thanks for that info. I`ll keep those on the radar next time I`m buying pads. Generally I do prefer MF, if only because of how easily it cleans out with compressed air.

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    Re: More aggressive pad, less aggressive polish or...

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    atgonzales- Ah, thanks for that info. I`ll keep those on the radar next time I`m buying pads. Generally I do prefer MF, if only because of how easily it cleans out with compressed air.
    I too have never used microfiber to finish/polish...always thought of them as the defect killers; will have to get some and give it a try. Like you say, much easier to clean/keep clean with compressed air. Do have some Uro-Fiber pads I ordered a while back but now wanna try the Megs MF Finishers.

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    BudgetPlan1- IIRC, it was/is the Meguiar`s MF pads that`re basically the same (cutting/polishing), but I could be wrong. Their Cutting Disks are the only MF pads I`ve ever used (so far).

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    Re: More aggressive pad, less aggressive polish or...

    Our sponsor Autopia is running a 15% off sale if that helps you to try some Lake Country MF Pads.....
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    Wonder how the LC ones are...my Meg`s MF last for ages despite others having them self-destruct.

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    Re: More aggressive pad, less aggressive polish or...

    Quote Originally Posted by atgonzales View Post
    Our sponsor Autopia is running a 15% off sale if that helps you to try some Lake Country MF Pads.....
    Didn`t like the LC microfiber; seemed like they were just a bit smaller than megs; was running billet backing plate on Rupes at the time, not much margin for error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BudgetPlan1 View Post
    ..was running billet backing plate on Rupes at the time, not much margin for error.
    Heh heh, guess not!
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    Re: More aggressive pad, less aggressive polish or...

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    I have no actual vehicle in mind nor products; just kinda wondering to achieve a certain level of finish does one have a preference for trying a more aggressive pad OR a more aggressive product; i.e. would your first inclination be to have the pad do the work or the liquid?
    I`ve wondered the same question several times. Through my (limited) experience, I think I`ve made the decision both ways too.

    I think, another factor may be whether you`re using diminishing abrasives or not. Something like the Menzerna products will finish out LSP-ready, and so would most AIOs I expect. In that case, you`re going to be running the same pad right down to the final finish. Personally, I`d probably go with the finer pad so the final finish comes out better.

    If you`re using non-diminishing abrasives, I might make the opposite decision presuming that your final finish will be with a fine polish on a fine pad.
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