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    Question Advise for flex noob

    First of all..english is my second language so excuse if there is sometimes not perfect grammar.

    So I'm getting kinda tired of the manual waxing and polishing of my ride.
    Any tips and tricks and recommendations will be appreciate.

    Which electric buffer/polisher would you recommend? I lean towards FLEX.
    Important for me is the safety part and peformance. I have never used something like a Flex on my car paint.
    If there is a sticky or FAQ appreciate if you can point me towards that, too.
    I am kinda nervous of using this kind of equipment..don't wanna screw up the paint of my nu ride..
    Are they pretty safe?

    Ok, for now, appreciate your time for a noob in this section..

    (hope I dont get all the hate I got when I posted about a question about a windows cleaner 1 year back...lol..or not so-lol)

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    Re: Advise for flex noob

    Which flex 3401(Forced D/A) Or XFE7-15(longthrow)?

    IMO, their are better options than both of these. But they'll get the job done non the less

    The forced DA will always spin, won't bog nor stall
    Won't cut as fast as a longthrow on the flats, but will be quicker in the curves.

    If pad isn't flat ,pad will grab and machine will walk
    Being forced, it stresses your body and nervous system more than a longthrow.

    Longthrows cut the fastest out of any D/A in reguards to swirls.
    Really smooth
    Can just use weight of machine, no need for pad pressure
    Best matched with a dedicated 3in machine.
    If pad isn't flat in the curves it can stall.

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    Re: Advise for flex noob

    I'm aligned with Mike on this point. There is a difference in handling forced rotation vs. free spinning. If you've never used a machine on vehicle paint I would recommend the long throw Flex or the Griots machine as free spinning is a bit less forgiving and somewhat easier to get used to. Plus the fact that the development of pads and products with the right machine can give you outstanding results.

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    Re: Advise for flex noob

    what would you recommend instead? longhrow but different brand? Flex is a trusted brand..thats why I thought might be the first choice...

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    Re: Advise for flex noob

    Griot's Garage 6". A great tool to learn and grow with. I have 2 of them and still find myself reaching for them once in a while. Griot's also has excellent customer service and warranty.
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    Re: Advise for flex noob

    If I had to pick just one machine it would be the Flex 3401. It’s fast, powerful, safe and versatile.
    Jim

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    Re: Advise for flex noob

    I'd recommend Makita PO5000C/PO6000C of you're wanting forced
    If you're wanting longthrow I'd recommend Griot G21 boss..but knowing they don't have a 220v version
    I'd recommend Maxshine unit

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    Re: Advise for flex noob

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post
    If I had to pick just one machine it would be the Flex 3401. It’s fast, powerful, safe and versatile.
    how do I go about attachments/pads and such... don't have much clue... but won't the very best. do they usually come with those and I just need the pads or what?

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    Re: Advise for flex noob

    The 3401 will come with a backing plate already. You will just need pads.

    I personally like Lake County foam pads. Easy to use, easy to clean.

    My Flex was my first machine and I've always loved it. I also have a Rupes (long throw machine) and really enjoy it as well. 2 different feels but both work great.

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    Re: Advise for flex noob

    Quote Originally Posted by DetailKitty View Post
    The 3401 will come with a backing plate already. You will just need pads.

    I personally like Lake County foam pads. Easy to use, easy to clean.

    My Flex was my first machine and I've always loved it. I also have a Rupes (long throw machine) and really enjoy it as well. 2 different feels but both work great.
    tnx buddy!

    PS: Ford Focus RS, huh...how do you like it? heard mostly positive. PM if you want to get into some car talk (since its offtopic).

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