Originally Posted by jmark
Nice review. I am thinking of the Flex myself. What's your take on the Flex after using it. How did you remove the Wolfgang? I have heard use a microfiber towel by hand.
jmark - Thanks. I’ll start with the easy question first.
How did you remove the Wolfgang? I have heard use a microfiber towel by hand.
I removed the Wolfgang with a microfiber towel by hand. It really wasn’t difficult, and came right off without any effort. I plan to experiment with it using a microfiber bonnet, just to see if I can raise a little bit more of a shine, but for the most part, using a microfiber by hand will be my first choice of action.
I am thinking of the Flex myself. What's your take on the Flex after using it.
I really like the flex. I’m very new to machine detailing, and was worried about causing more problems than I was correcting. I seriously considered the PC, but after much deliberation (and research on this site), I figured I’d roll the dice and try the flex. I sure am glad I did (not that I had experience with any other DA).
After using it, there were a few things I noticed that were worthy enough for me to remember. If you don’t center the pad (I used 6.5” Lake Country CCS), the machine will “walk”. Adjusting the pad quickly resolves this issue. Also, the backing plate requires larger pads. The larger pads were great for large areas (and really sped things up), but become awkward in tighter areas. “The Edge” has a system that allows you to use their pads (larger and smaller), but my understanding is that the backing plate has to be modified, and then, you can only use their pads. I plan on holding off until a less invasive work around is created before I try them.
The noise is tolerable, and from what I understand, about the same as the PC. Its frequency does beckon neighborhood kids (and their Dads). The irony is that one of the reasons I purchased the flex was so I could complete my detail in less time. Now, the time I save is usually spent talking about my detailing regimen. Still, money well spent.
Overall, I do enjoy using the flex. It’s a solid machine that performs as I expect. I imagine that over time, vendors will create a more flexible (pun intended) backing plate that can be used with different size pads. I’ve found that product/pad choice makes all the difference in the world. I’ve found 2 of the 3 for the trinity (machine, pad, and product). Now I just have to find the right products so that I may see the reflection of my tears in the paint.