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    Best 5” pads

    I have a Meguiars MT 300 and a Porter Cable DA and have been using Chemical Guy’s pads. Any recommendations for new ones. I mostly just use a All in One or Polish and Wax


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    Re: Best 5” pads

    I like Buff and Shine, Lake Country, Griot's Boss pads.
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    Re: Best 5” pads

    The Meguiar's thin foam pads work great on both tools.

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    Re: Best 5” pads

    The lc hybrid pads are the only true 5" pads I have but I dont think they sell them anymore

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    Re: Best 5” pads

    Anyone have any experience with lc force?

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    Re: Best 5” pads

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    Anyone have any experience with lc force?
    I really like the black force finishing pads. The orange is a bit too firm for me. I probably wouldn't get the force pads unless you're using a forced rotation polisher

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    Re: Best 5” pads

    5" orange LC force are the only pads I use with my 3401. good stuff

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    Re: Best 5” pads

    I use 5.5" pads on a 5" backing plate if that is what you're looking for. Lake Country Thin Pro and Flat pads have served me well.
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    Re: Best 5” pads

    Just got my GG6 and I ordered all griots garage pads


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    Re: Best 5” pads

    Buff and Shine "Grip Pads":
    Red - Sealant/Wax/Fine finishing
    Black - Cleaner Wax
    Blue - General Polishing
    Green - General Cutting / "One Step" Polishing
    Orange Microfiber - Extra Heavy Cutting

    Lake Country Hydrotech:
    Crimson - Sealant and wax application / Fine finishing / cleaner wax
    Tangerine - General Polishing - Excellent cut and finish / "One step" polishing
    Cyan - General Cutting
    Microfiber Cutting - Extra heavy cutting

    Those are the two sets I most often use. I tend to use the B&S more, but really love the LC Hydros. I do not recommend the Hydrotech for the beginner, because they have a faster wear rate. The Hydrotech are closed cell foam, which keeps the liquids/abrasives on the work surface. This helps for maximum cycling of diminishing abrasive polishes/compounds. The cut to finish ratio is another notable feature of these pads. The Tangering cuts and finishes more than the blue Buff and Shine. The finish it leaves is absolutely stunning! Out of all of them, that pad impresses me the most.

    I tend to pair the Buff and Shine group with Meguiar's, and the Lake Country group with Menzerna/Duragloss.

    An honorable mention goes to the Meguiar's Thin Foam Discs. I regularly use their Microfiber pads, but more recently have integrated the foams into the arsenal. They remind me of my Buff and Shine selection, but "dig deeper" per pad. The burgundy cutting is a real heavy cutter, and their yellow polishing is a tick more aggressive than the Buff and Shine Blue. Their durability is also very impressive.

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