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This stuff is not for me.
I tried it and didn't have any luck at all. I wasted a bunch of time and money

Also, with 3M expect to pay about 100 to 200% more than competitors just because of the name.

This is the stuff I'm going to try next. I'm looking at the Lexlogic and Lake Country pads.

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I switched over to wool 2 years ago and i love it. But I cannot say if all wood pads are created equal. I use all Meguiars products for buffing.
I hate buffing and have tried a number of products to make buffing easier. I used 3M for many years but found the Meguiars products work better for me.

Wool cuts better and quicker than foam.
But, as wool will heat up the surface quicker, it will also burn the paint if you're not careful. You have to keep the pad moving and make sure its wet enough.

if you try out a wool pad, practice on a spare piece and get used to how it works before using it on the real thing.
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I've used the 3m system up to 5000 grit on a 3/8 throw and 3/16 throw DA. I get better results on the larger throw. I now polish with a 3m yellow pad and finish with the black 3m pad and swirl remover.
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I think sanding at 1500 and ending with 2500 and going to wool makes it easier. There's guys that say swirls are an issue but then they go cut with an 800, which is much more aggressive than a swirl. A wool pad just ensures you are getting everything and losing your head over it, andif you do it right and follow with an aggressive foam pad with the same compound it's just another grit to cancel to me. The key is to compound with the foam pad and it's like it never even seen wool. On black I compound the foam more thoroughly obviously.

Another important thing is to try to achieve the true gloss it should have in compound on a foam pad. I've seen countless guys compound with a pad just til the haze is gone but you can do better and get a deeper gloss by doing a little more. If it looks like it has been polished when you are done with compounding on foam then it's a cake walk from there and your polish isn't there to hide anything, it's just there for the cherry on top.
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Another thing that I notice is that paint finishing on OEM clear coat is different than aftermarket clear coats, and aviation paints. I work on all of them and they all have their little issues.

I would say the lighter the color the more forgiving on swirls and haze to the naked eye, but its harder to hide contamination in the base color.
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