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Old 09-20-2005
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Question Help on PC pad selection

OK..Boys and Girls, I need some help and advise concerning PC pad selection and use.
I still haven't comitted to buying a PC yet but found one at Coastal for $119. Its a 7424 with a 6" velcro contoured backing plate, the 6" counter weight and the other usual stuff plus $7.50 shipping
At this point in the game I'm only interested in applying a cleaner or cleaner/polish and then wax. I'll be removing by hand with micro towels. If ?? I have this figured right I will need two types of pads, one for cleaner/polish and one for wax or would one type do both. Also after removing the wax by hand do you buff to bring out more shine and would this require an additional type of pad. My paint is in excellent shape, smooth and so far in no need of clay. I really need some help here and suggestions on what brand of pads are good and where to buy them. I found a lot of sites that had pads but am still confused on selection and use.
I know thats alot of questions but I am trying to get as much info about this in order to make a decision. There is alot to learn and I guess you have to start somewhere putting this all together.
Thanks for any help and advise.
James
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James,

First, your approach is correct... use a separate pad for each product. As a matter of fact, it's nice to dedicate a pad to a product (or similar product) if possible.

Secondly, you probably want to use a "polishing" pad for your cleaner, or cleaner/polish. You can use a "finishing" pad to apply you wax.

Next, you will get all kinds of opinions on the best pads. I have had good luck with the Meguiar's 6 1/2" pads on my PC with a 5" flexible backing plate.

I don't care for pads larger than that on the PC, as they tend to "bog" down easily. I use the larger pads on my Mikita or Milwauke rotary buffers. I also don't care much for the "concave" pads on a PC. They work great on a rotary, but don't do much on a PC.

There are a lot of great places online to purchase pads. Locally, if you have a automotive paint store that handles the Meguiar's Pro products, you should be able to get the Meguiar's pads there.
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Default Re: Help on PC pad selection

Try www.lakecountrymfg.com and check out the different selections of pads.

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Detail Guy.
OK ? know this sounds silly..but do you buff after removing the wax by hand and what kind of pad for that?
James
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Default Re: Help on PC pad selection

You can find the Lake Country pads at most every on-line e-tailer.

For the cleaner wax, you can use the white (polishing pad). For a wax without any cleaners, use the black (waxing/glazing) pad.

For a product like FX SynWax or Reflections Car Wax, the polish is light enough you can just use the black pad -- it's what I do.

Eventually, you'll need a yellow (cutting) pad, so save yourself a few shipping dollars and get:

1 - yellow pad
2 - white pads
2 - black pads

Those 5 pads should last the average user 2-3 years.
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Forrest
Thats great..just what I wanted to know!
One last question on procedure. After applying wax and removing with a micro towel, do I buff or will I have acheived everything in the final wax application. If I still need to buff what pad to use?
I'll finally get to the end of all this short of doing it.
James
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Default Re: Help on PC pad selection

After removing the wax with a microfiber towel, you should be done.

But, if you've applied too heavy in spots, you may have some streaking/hazing from over-application.

To even it out, use a very light mist of instant detailer or distilled water and another clean, dry, microfiber towel.
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Originally Posted by Forrest T.
You can find the Lake Country pads at most every on-line e-tailer.

For the cleaner wax, you can use the white (polishing pad). For a wax without any cleaners, use the black (waxing/glazing) pad.

For a product like FX SynWax or Reflections Car Wax, the polish is light enough you can just use the black pad -- it's what I do.

Eventually, you'll need a yellow (cutting) pad, so save yourself a few shipping dollars and get:

1 - yellow pad
2 - white pads
2 - black pads

Those 5 pads should last the average user 2-3 years.
What he said. That's the perfect combo IMO. Maybe one extra back pad.

Forrest you are the man.
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Quote:
Forrest you are the man.
I know it, but tell my wife. I need all the help I can get.
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Originally Posted by Forrest T.
I know it, but tell my wife. I need all the help I can get.

LOL, that was funny
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Is that kind of like " I'm the boss in my house!" as long as she is not there???
Thanks guys for all your help AND..Forrest..You are the man!
James
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