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    Buffing pad comparison chart

    Good day Mike,

    I have a question about flat foam pads. I have looked on this and other forums and have yet to find an answer. I'm new to the forums and not totally sure how they work.

    I have had some Buff-n-Shine flat pads for a few years and I just recently purchased some Lake Country flat pads. What I would like to know is if you would have a comparison chart on the two, or can provide me with a link to one. My father just aquired a 2005 red Thunderbird and it looks like it might of lived in shine and swirl car wash. I know I will be using a few pads and will have to probably use both brands.

    If you can help, I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks Greg

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    Re: Buffing pad comparison chart

    Can I get any help on this? It would be appreciated.

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    Re: Buffing pad comparison chart

    Iíll third this request. Pads and color combinations can be confusing and to see them all laid out on a chart according to color and cut would be very helpful.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Buffing pad comparison chart

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    Good day Mike,

    I have a question about flat foam pads. I have looked on this and other forums and have yet to find an answer. I'm new to the forums and not totally sure how they work.

    I have had some Buff-n-Shine flat pads for a few years and I just recently purchased some Lake Country flat pads. What I would like to know is if you would have a comparison chart on the two, or can provide me with a link to one. My father just aquired a 2005 red Thunderbird and it looks like it might of lived in shine and swirl car wash. I know I will be using a few pads and will have to probably use both brands.

    If you can help, I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks Greg

    I don't know of any comparison charts for different companies buffing pads. Sounds like a great project for someone with some time to spare.


    What I do is keep it simple.

    Use foam cutting pads for correction work
    Use foam polishing pads for polishing or one-step cleaner/waxes
    Use foam finishing pads for finishing work.

    I don't really like closed-cell foam pads and I share why in my how-to book The Complete Guide to a Show Car Shine.

    I use both Buff and Shine and Lake Country pads when I detail cars professionally, do tool and product reviews and teach car and boat detailing classes, so they are both great quality pad lines.


    In my experience - the pad is the least important factor for getting pro results as long as you do like I typed above and match the "type" of pad to the process.

    The MOST important factor is abrasive technology.



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    Re: Buffing pad comparison chart

    Iím pretty sure Autogeek has a comparison chart of Lake Country pads on its site. It should say which are for cutting,polishing, and finishing.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Buffing pad comparison chart

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    I don't know of any comparison charts for different companies buffing pads. Sounds like a great project for someone with some time to spare.


    What I do is keep it simple.

    Use foam cutting pads for correction work
    Use foam polishing pads for polishing or one-step cleaner/waxes
    Use foam finishing pads for finishing work.

    I don't really like closed-cell foam pads and I share why in my how-to book The Complete Guide to a Show Car Shine.

    I use both Buff and Shine and Lake Country pads when I detail cars professionally, do tool and product reviews and teach car and boat detailing classes, so they are both great quality pad lines.


    In my experience - the pad is the least important factor for getting pro results as long as you do like I typed above and match the "type" of pad to the process.

    The MOST important factor is abrasive technology.




    Thanks Mike for the reply. I just saw your post that you had been busy working at the Barrett-Jackson auction and spending a few imaginary million dollars on cars like the rest of us. I've been a "lurker" for a while and have read most of your posts on buffing out the paint. I'd love to take one of your classes, but my daughter is getting ready graduate college, so I don't get any play time money for a while.

    With your experience working with both brands would you say their colors line up close or would they be off? I keep reading each brands description, but I think I'm starting to over think it.

    Thanks, Greg

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