To Autogeek Online Ken!
Glad to see you're enjoying your new hobby and your choice of products are perfect.
Theres' one suggestion I'd like to make.
More often than not, I see someone that's new to detailing moving the machine and pad much too fast across the surface. This doesn't allow the process to work properly resulting in less than anticipated results disappointment. As a general rule I like to suggest polishing from left to right moving the pad at "about" 1 inch / second.
Compounds and polishes seem to perform well on a machine setting of 5 and on my Porter Cable 7424
dual action polisher I prefer the 5 1/2" diameter pads and corresponding backup plate...
There are dedicated pad cleaners and solutions and they do work. I've used a citrus cleaner along with Optimum Power Clean to soften and dissolve polishing products and it works quite well. Rinse the pads thoroughly squeezing out excess water and let dry. Simply store them where it's dry and where they won't become soiled or contaminated. Plastic
Two products that I've found to work well on exterior plastics are CarPro PERL
and Ultima Tire & Trim Guard...