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Thread: 3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

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    3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

    I already had an older model Porter Cable 7424 and a FLEX 3401, but I like smaller pads, so I had the backing plate for the FLEX cut down to accommodate 5 1/2" pads. But I still needed something smaller. I thought about the Griot's 3", but didn't like the idea of buying a 3rd polisher.

    Searching around on AGO, I saw a version of this solution for 4" pads, so I decided to try to duplicate it with 3" pads.

    Here's what I came up with:





    It is composed of the following:

    3 Inch Flex-Foam HD Rotary Backing Plate
    D.A Adapter 5/8 Inch X 11
    3 Inch Meguiar's DA Microfiber Cutting Disc (2 Pack)

    The set-up works great for me on bumpers, pillars and the vent area on the only Porsche I have done.

    Have Fun!
    axel06 and scuff like this.

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    Re: 3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

    Doesn't Lake Country sell a 2 7/8" backing plate for DA's that use 3" pads?

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    Re: 3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

    Yes. But this bp excels in heat dissipation IMHO:

    The foam enables the Flex-Foam HD Rotary Backing Plate to conform to flat and curved surfaces to create uniform results over the entire vehicle.
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    ....It's all I use these days....they are buffing when I'm relaxing...and still don't get the powder out of canines!

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    Re: 3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

    I selected that backing plate because it is taller and gives me more distance between the pad and the housing of the DA

    The PC Guard has already saved me twice

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    Re: 3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

    Quote Originally Posted by allenk4 View Post

    The PC Guard has already saved me twice
    Is this due to the tippiness of the set up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glen e View Post
    ....It's all I use these days....they are buffing when I'm relaxing...and still don't get the powder out of canines!

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    Re: 3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

    Just trying to get into places that are too tight. Like the liftgate handle on a Yukon.

    With these little pads, you have to keep it in firm contact with the paint at all times and it is really difficult to control above a speed of 4 on my older PC 7424.

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    Re: 3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

    I should not have even made that comment. My apology. What's tippy for me might be perfect for you. That you get good results is all that matters. Smart thinking on an innovative solution

    I once was bound and determined to master 6.25" OMF pads/OHC on the rotary. Even posted the Booty Call thread of a hacked up Benz that I turned around. Boy did that detail beat me up...but 4.5 hours or so, the end product justified the effort.
    It took reading ShineTime's thread for me to realize the errors of my ways.

    Happy detailing...
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    ....It's all I use these days....they are buffing when I'm relaxing...and still don't get the powder out of canines!

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    Re: 3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

    Where can I find a PC guard?

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    Re: 3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim w View Post
    Where can I find a PC guard?

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    The PC Guard is simply a piece of foam with an adhesive backing.

    It works, but an equally effective and less expensive option is available at Home Depot in the weather stripping section
    Beware of those giving suggestions without evidence of their results.

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    Re: 3" Pad Solution for PC 7424

    Quote Originally Posted by AGOatemywallet View Post
    The PC Guard is simply a piece of foam with an adhesive backing.

    It works, but an equally effective and less expensive option is available at Home Depot in the weather stripping section
    Thanks AGOatemywallet just received notification. Of your post.

    Jim

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