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    Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    I love my rupes pads but i`ve come to the conclusion their very hard to use on vertical panels unless you have a lot of skill. On a flat horizontal panel rupes rule the roast. But on vertical panels you want a pad that has less surface area so for us noobs the pad won`t stall so much.

    I will be sticking with my 3 inch orange carpro pad the rest of the year. The 3 inch yellow rupes pad is too big and i don`t have so much control of my machine. Its a very big difference in diameter.

    disclaimer: this is all on a G15 and G8.

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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    If in doubt blame it on Rupes!
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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    Generally, smaller pads are easier to work with.
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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    What does the area look like that you are working on?
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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

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    What does the area look like that you are working on?
    Not sure what you mean Mike. It was more of random thought lol someone has to try to keep the forums alive.

    However, especially on my G8 the carpro orange pad is just a lot more easy and fun to work with then the 3 inch rupes pad. Its just to big for the machine IMO and skill level. I`m not knocking out cars everyday like a professional. On my bonnet, roof and trunk lid i love my rupes yellow. I even since picked up the rupes white pad, surprising stiff.

    Off the top of my head i believe the G8 is rated at 700W and the G15 900W but G15 has way more torque for the bigger pad.

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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    What I meant was is it a small area? Curves? Any sort of door ding protectors?
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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post
    What I meant was is it a small area? Curves? Any sort of door ding protectors?
    Not really it was just general thought. I can get the rupes to spin it just takes more patience.

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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    I`ve not seen any problems with the Rupes pads on my G15. In fact, they are currently my favorite regardless of vertical or horizontal. On a slightly curved door panel I had a really hard time keeping Lake Country ThinPro pads sitting flush on the surface. It`s a piece of cake with a Rupes or a Lake Country HDO pad. The Rupes is just thick/soft enough to hand the curve and the odd angles you face when doing a door with strange contours.
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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    I`m having trouble comprehending how one 3 inch pad is easier to use than another unless the pad is grabbing and skipping. 3 inch pads should be easy to use.

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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    He mentioned on both a G15 and a G8. Maybe the problem is more noticeable on the G15? The Rupes pad I have is for my G15, I run the Griots pads on the G8.

    I only use my G8 for specific areas, and I agree it`s really easy using the G8 with the 3" pad in those areas.
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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    I had a run at my polishers again today. The rupes yellow is still my favorite pad on my G15 but when i done my pillars i used the 3 inch carpro orange. Much better pad then the rupes 3 inch, its just to big. It stalls the machine too easy and you have less control.

    I won`t be buying anymore rupes 3 inch personally. The carpro pad is something like HDO pads from LC.

    edit: Just noticed the posts wannafbody and Desertnate. Yeah i think the 3 inch rupes pads are too big for the G8. The first generation G15 as lots of torque so its not an issue.

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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    You mean too thick and heavy?
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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    I have no complaints with the 3 inch rupes pads and stalling. Have used them with the rupes 3 inch polisher, flex PXE 80 and the PC 7424Xp without any issues stalling.
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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post
    I have no complaints with the 3 inch rupes pads and stalling. Have used them with the rupes 3 inch polisher, flex PXE 80 and the PC 7424Xp without any issues stalling.
    I used my griots garage G8 again a few days ago. The carpro 3 inch orange pad works much better then the 3 inch rupes pad. Its to big in my opinion.

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    Re: Rupes pads no good for vertical panels?

    If it’s a weight issue, you should try my Cyclo. That has a bit of heft to it. :-)
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