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favourite electric buffer pads?

Posted: Wed 03 Jan, 2018 10:42 am
by CraigB
I was just going to grab some velcro foam buffing pads off ebay and got swamped by the different types. I have previously used the 'waffle type' pad on my big buff but I'm not sure i am crazy about it with polish getting up in the high parts. In the old days I just used the lambswool but is much more aggressive and you put cutting compound on the car not the pad - unlike the foam. Then a new polisher i bought has a flat pad and i am not sure that is best either - seems to accumulate polish on some parts and not others - could also be the grade of foam too. There are other patterns of diamond and more shallow divets available. But rather than concentrate on my very un-scientific experiments - what works best for you?

Here are some examples and explanation of my odd descriptions:

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'diamonds' ... E2vtAnqRPQ
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'hexagons' ... YXfmOhQZVg

Re: favourite electric buffer pads?

Posted: Mon 15 Jan, 2018 9:56 pm
by Panzerwagen
Hello Craig, hope all is well.

It may be worth posting this question on (Australia's main detailing forum). You would probably receive more responses there. They should point you in the right direction.

Re: favourite electric buffer pads?

Posted: Mon 15 Jan, 2018 10:00 pm
by CraigB
Excellent - thanks for that!

Re: favourite electric buffer pads?

Posted: Fri 09 Feb, 2018 12:03 pm
by AMG
I just use the same 8" pads on my makita that the panel shop up the road gets delivered.
theyre 3M pads and used with each grade of cut / polish. most of them are 05733 blue waffle. I have a couple of black waffle ones, but can't read the number on them.

I have been very lazy and haven't done any for over 12 months. - and by looks, I think I'll only need the mildest of buffing to pull the oxidation out of the signalrot. The others are going to need more work.

I've been using the 3m system for over 10 years now and I have to say I'm used to the process and the fling-off (masking is my middle name) but the extra time spent masking makes the job take far less time overall.

I have to be honest and say I am yet to find a really GOOD 1-step sealer/polish/wax product.

I find I'm still polishing with 3M, and waxing with meguiars yellow wax.

I must be getting old, set in my ways or whatever else it's called.

I just look up this for my replacement stuff when I need new pads and the panel shop guys get them in as needed. ... 7497&rt=r3