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Old 04-27-2013, 04:40 AM
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are 8" foam pads ok?

My polisher has a 7 in backing pad&I can't find 7 in pads nowhere local only the wool sonnets is it ok to use the 8 inch foam I can fins them locally.

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I have never used a bonnet, dont know how well they even work.
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The 3-M foam pads I use are bigger than the backing pad.

I do trim the cloth backing off of the pad edges where it extends beyond the pad. If I am buffing in a corner or depression. that cloth backing can cut into the paint.

Otherwise, they are far superior to the wool, as they won't leave swirl marks.

I sand with 1200 meguires paper, then use a white 3-M waffle pad with their 06083 liquid compound in the purple bottle. It is expensive, but the work goes much faster than anything I have used in the last 40+ years!!!

If it is a dark color you may need a slightly better finish, so I go over it again with a softer gray waffle pad for a slightly higher gloss.

I will add that I use R-Ms DC92 clear.

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