I'm going to be using my XC3401 to repair some large acrylic aquariums that were left sitting in some guy's garage with their protective masking paper on for about 15 years.
I know the Flex is quite capable of buffing them out after I get the paper off, but the paper has bonded to the acrylic at this point, and it's going to have to be sanded off first.
To that end, I'm wondering if I couldn't just throw one of the 6" 3M Hookit interface pads
on the backing plate with the appropriate grit sanding discs and have at it.
I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work just fine. Would I be able to use the stock 5.5" backing plate, or would I be better off buying Autogeek's backing plate kit that has a 6" plate?
Also, if anyone's got an opinion on using the Flex as a sander vs. buying a dedicated orbital sander that's got vacuum ports so I can hook it up to the shopvac for something like this, I'd be interested in hearing it. I think that once I get over about 400 grit, wet sanding (carefully, obviously) with the flex would get me better results than depending on the vacuum to evacuate the acrylic dust.
And hopefully when I'm done with this I'll actually be able to find time to use it on a car!
I've had it for more than a year and I have yet to actually use it for what I bought it for.