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Old 26-07-2018, 02:07 PM   #21
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Looking at a 125mm/5" plate for the Scholl 165mm/6.5" pads, should be ok? From what I've read I understand you want at least an inch more pad than plate, so 6.5 should work?
5" plate = 145mm pad
6" plate = 165mm pad
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Old 26-07-2018, 09:31 PM   #22
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I have a mixture of Buff and Shine, and Lake Country pads, and you can't go wrong with either. They are also quite cheap where I live (not sure about your pricing, can't imagine them being crazy expensive).

And as other have said, UC and UP is a great 1 2 combo, and even UP can get rid of wash marks if the paint is soft enough. Another option is M205, it's more expensive than either UC or UP, but it has more cut than UP, and is extremely user friendly (long work times, no dust, just buffs forever). You can one step with it if you have minor defects with the right pad and technique. Make sure to brush up on the SMAT polishes (non diminishing abrasives), they don't need to be worked for a set amount of time, you use machine speed and pressure to vary the amount of cut, and always finish was a slower, lighter pass at the end of the set.
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Old 28-07-2018, 08:38 AM   #23
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Don't listen to the scare stories about pads from Ebay.... my own personal experience is they are fine for a use and throw away job.

I'm sure they are a risk at the margin (Speed 6, Heavy Cut, and initial passes where you would be 'putting some passion into the pad') but otherwise I can't see them separating form the velcro. (All appropriate disclaimers implied here!)

Don't bother washing them and use Mike Phillips Clean on the Fly technique with a Terry towel... works fine. Washing does affect the backing material.

Flip side is.. you only need 3 or 4 pads and that would only run you £20 to £30 wouldn't it if you bought 'brand'?

**Edit: Oh and Menzerna compounds are fab if you are still undecided.**
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**Edit: Oh and Menzerna compounds are fab if you are still undecided.**
+1 for Menzerna, underrated in my opinion. I've been using it for years, great no-nonsense products. Also, to wade in on the pad debate, I've had 3x Chemical Guys Hex pads and 1x 3M pad which have all lasted really well. I wouldn't need duplicates, never worn one out. The softer ones sometimes get damaged if you snag a trim or whatever, but I've tidied them up with a scalpel and cracked on.

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Don't bother washing them and use Mike Phillips Clean on the Fly technique with a Terry towel... works fine. Washing does affect the backing material.
I'm not one to disagree Barry (more out of concern that I'm doing something daft), but I've washed my pads countless times (by hand, with laundry detergent). The backing goes a bit crinkly like an un-ironed shirt and the writing falls off, but it's never caused me problems. Have you seen this cause the backing to fail?

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