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    Lake country foam pad recommendation / flex 3401 & flex PE-14 rotary

    Hi all, need recommendations on which pad type (not color) to purchase. These will mostly be used for maintenance polish, sealants on well maintained cars, but occasionally used on corrections.

    The pads will be used on BOTH a Flex 3401 dual action & Flex PE-14 rotary. I only want Lake Country 5.5" foam pads, and I already have some 5.5" CCS pads.

    Based on the 3 choices below, and the information above, which 5.5" pad type do you recommend to be used with both machines?
    1.) Lake Country Flat Pads
    2.) Lake Country Hybrid Pads
    3.) Lake Country Hydro Tech Pads

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Lake country foam pad recommendation / flex 3401 & flex PE-14 rotary

    5" Hybrid pads for the 3401

    5.5" Flat pads for the PE-14
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    Re: Lake country foam pad recommendation / flex 3401 & flex PE-14 rotary

    I will second the Hybrid pads for the 3401.

    You will also have to get the LC inter changeable backing plate system as well but those pads are great!
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    Re: Lake country foam pad recommendation / flex 3401 & flex PE-14 rotary

    If limiting yourself to one pad for both machines go with the Hybrids for sure.

    But why limit yourself to just one pad selection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FivePoint.0 View Post
    5" Hybrid pads for the 3401

    5.5" Flat pads for the PE-14
    Would the flex 4-3/8" backing plate work ok on the 5" hybrids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smack View Post
    If limiting yourself to one pad for both machines go with the Hybrids for sure.

    But why limit yourself to just one pad selection?
    Will probably do most correction and polishing with the rotary. Using the flex with my existing 5.5 CCS pads for less aggressive needs.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys!

    Anyone else have opinions?

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    I have both machines. I use hydrotech pads on my pe and hybrid pads on my 3401. Although I due like the hydrotech tangerine pads when it comes to some serious defect removal with fg400

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    Re: Lake country foam pad recommendation / flex 3401 & flex PE-14 rotary


    ....thanks for posting this. I'm in the market for a Flex 3401 and was looking for what pads to use as well. I had a suspicion that the LC hybrid 5" was the way to go but wasn't sure what the professionals here would recommend. I hardly ever do compounding now that I have my vehicles right where I want them. I just freshen them up from time to time.

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    Re: Lake country foam pad recommendation / flex 3401 & flex PE-14 rotary

    Quote Originally Posted by ph16 View Post
    I'm in the market for a Flex 3401 and was looking for what pads to use as well. I had a suspicion that the LC hybrid 5" was the way to go but wasn't sure what the professionals here would recommend. I hardly ever do compounding now that I have my vehicles right where I want them. I just freshen them up from time to time.
    You answered your own question

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