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Alright we are talking paint polishing not metal polishing correct, or both? The pads you will need to buy will depend on the type of finish, its age and the degree in which you intend to polish. On new paint I use a wool buff with the cutting abrasive and finish up with a black egg crate type foam pad and the finishing compound. On new paint I personally use 3M polishing compounds like their finishing compound and polishing compound found in opaque plastic bottles, they are a tanish looking polish. For older paint jobs or just a quick polish after paint to spruce it up a bit and you don't want or have any 3M, I use meguires No.7. When buying a buffer or polisher get a multi speed adjustable buffer with a sterdy feel, not the lightweight one speed plastic thing. When using the polisher never press down or put any weight on the buffer, let the buffers weight do all the work, if you put weight on it there is a very good chance you will burn through the paint. Also don't linger in one area, uniformly go over the surface as needed. Apply the compound to the pad and swirl it around the paint surface before you turn on the buffer. Be very carful around body lines and crowns as in this area the paint is thinnest and easiest to burn through. Never use an old used pad on fresh paint, depending on the pad and its age you could damage the fresh paint from contaminents in the wheel or leftover residue containing different pigments. If you go to meguires website they have many paint and polishing paint care tips as well. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things, but hey I'm doing good if I remember to eat.

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