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Old 15-08-2017, 08:57 PM   #1
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Advice on smaller pads

Ok....buoyed by the success of using 5" pads with my das 6 (non-pro) polisher, I've purchased some smaller pads to use on the harder to reach areas. Mainly thinking of the narrower pillars around the windows.

I've bought, orange, white and black 4" lake country pads and a 3" shinemate backing plate.

Firstly, do these seem ok or use with megs 105 and 205?

Also, is it just a case of swapping over the backing plate on the polisher? The advert for my polisher indicates that it's been counter weighted for a 5" pad so wondered if that would be an issue.

Finally, is there anything else I need to know? Do I need to be more cautious with the smaller pads? They seem thicker than my chemical guys hexlogic pads so wondered if that compensated a little for their more focussed action?

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Old 17-08-2017, 10:00 AM   #2
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I use 5.5" pads on my Rupes and I use 3 or 4" spot pads on my DAS6. Simply swap out your backing plate for the smaller one and you're good to go. I have Hexlogic orange, green and black 4" pads and Hexlogic yellow, blue and white 3" pads. Great for front wings, side skirts, boots, bumpers and door pillars. I guess the slightly chunkier spot pads compensates for them being smaller diameter? I'm not sure exactly that could be nonsense but they are definitely worth having in your arsenal. I always use my Rupes and DAS6 side by side, Rupes for bigger areas and the DAS6 with 3" pad where the working area is much smaller or if I need to concentrate more on a particular area. Just treat them with same care as any other pad.
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Interesting I was thinking to get 3" (75mm) pads for my Das 6 Pro
so will watch with interest.
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Cheers for the input guys. I'll update you...if this rain ever stops!


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Some people are successfully using smaller/lighter counterweights to compensate for the lower weight of the 3" pads and backing plates compared to 5"/6". This would result in less vibrations and therefore improve the ease of use.
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Old 18-08-2017, 08:02 AM   #6
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Finally, is there anything else I need to know? Do I need to be more cautious with the smaller pads? They seem thicker than my chemical guys hexlogic pads so wondered if that compensated a little for their more focussed action?

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I found that you get a better cut with the smaller pads which I put down to concentrating the work effort on a smaller area.
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I found that you get a better cut with the smaller pads which I put down to concentrating the work effort on a smaller area.
So it would be worth trying a less abrasive polish and pad first? I had to use 105 and hexlogic orange pads on the rest of the car so I should try white pads with 105 with the smaller pads as a tester? I actually had to buy lake country 3" pads as the chemical guys hexlogics were out of stock so I guess they might behave differently anyway.
Should I lower the speed of the DA as well? I used a speed of 5 when working the compound with the 5" pads


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Old 18-08-2017, 04:42 PM   #8
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I found that you get a better cut with the smaller pads which I put down to concentrating the work effort on a smaller area.
Exactly so

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So it would be worth trying a less abrasive polish and pad first? I had to use 105 and hexlogic orange pads on the rest of the car so I should try white pads with 105 with the smaller pads as a tester? I actually had to buy lake country 3" pads as the chemical guys hexlogics were out of stock so I guess they might behave differently anyway.
Should I lower the speed of the DA as well? I used a speed of 5 when working the compound with the 5" pads
I don't know if it will make that much difference, but certainly something to bear in mind when you're using the smaller pads, that you might need one less pass, or to apply a bit less pressure.
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