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    Meguiars 205 and which pad?

    Hello. Beginner polisher here. I'm wondering which color Lake Country pad I can combo with Meguiars 205 polish to fix the marring/light swirls shown in the picture. Black Kia. Car is only 8 months old. I was thinking a white pad, but is it fine to finish with a white pad, or should I be trying a black pad first? I only wish to do a 1 step correction as I'm still new. Those defects can only really be seen in direct sunlight. I don't need 100% perfection, just a good improvement. Also wondering about # of passes as well as pressure. Any other tips, suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    Also as a side note, for a beginner, which size backing plate and which size pad should I go with? I will most likely be purchasing a G9.

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    Re: Meguiars 205 and which pad?

    If I could pick just one pad from the LC line, it would be the Orange Flat pad. These are my go-to's for almost any One-Step. But, doing a test-spot with other pads is the only way to truly dial in the right combo.

    As far as the BP plate size, the G9 has the power to churn the 6" set-up, but I would use the 5". JMO
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    Re: Meguiars 205 and which pad?

    What does your test spot with the white pad look like? That will be the way to really know what you need to do and it will come down to how happy you are with the finish. Do as Paul mentioned with the 5" backing plate.

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    Re: Meguiars 205 and which pad?

    I use M205 and my go to LC pads are the orange and white pad. Do a test spot with the white pad first and see how it does. If it doesn't correct enough, hit the spot with the orange and see how it looks.

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    The good thing with M205 is, you can play around with pads and dilutions. Orange pads and then do 50/50 distilled water and M205 if orange pad and straight M205 is leaving too much marring.
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    Re: Meguiars 205 and which pad?

    Thanks for all the input so far. Will the white pad be acceptable to end on? Like would I be able to achieve a mirror finish? Also for a 5 inch backing I would go with a 5.5 inch pad correct?

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    Re: Meguiars 205 and which pad?

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    Thanks for all the input so far. Will the white pad be acceptable to end on? Like would I be able to achieve a mirror finish? Also for a 5 inch backing I would go with a 5.5 inch pad correct?
    I'd try the orange to get more cutting vs the white. But if you want to go two steps with the orange in the equation, well to the 2nd step I'd use green pad. So orange + green.

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    Re: Meguiars 205 and which pad?

    Quote Originally Posted by omnipotent View Post
    Thanks for all the input so far. Will the white pad be acceptable to end on? Like would I be able to achieve a mirror finish? Also for a 5 inch backing I would go with a 5.5 inch pad correct?
    Hard to say without doing a test spot first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omnipotent View Post
    Also for a 5 inch backing I would go with a 5.5 inch pad correct?
    This is correct.
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    Re: Meguiars 205 and which pad?

    Question. How many pads do I need to do a sedan, and how often should I be cleaning them with a brush, every 2x2 section? Also for the spot test, I don't want to buy multiple pads in different colors if I'm not going to use them. Do you think it would be fine to buy 1 of each, prep a section of the car, do 2 test spots, and then order more pads and do the full correction another day?

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