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    Re: Why I call the FLEX 3401 the BEAST! by Mike Phillips

    Do you typically compound a whole panel like the hood before buffing the compound off or is that for demonstration purposes Mike?

    Just wanted to add that the new millie polishes work fantastic with the flex

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    Re: Why I call the FLEX 3401 the BEAST! by Mike Phillips

    Quote Originally Posted by fightnews View Post

    Do you typically compound a whole panel like the hood before buffing the compound off or is that for demonstration purposes Mike?
    Depends on the project but in this instance it was for demonstration purposes.

    If I were doing a one-step production detail, for example detailing a daily driver using BLACKFIRE One Step, then "yes" I would tackle half of a hood at one time because the tool can flat out handle it.



    Quote Originally Posted by fightnews View Post

    Just wanted to add that the new Millie polishes work fantastic with the flex

    I'll have to give the RUPES Mille compound and polishes a try with the FLEX. Makes sense.


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    Re: Why I call the FLEX 3401 the BEAST! by Mike Phillips

    How does the BEAST handle heat generation when doing such large/long sections? I know if I did the same section with my GG6 DA, it would likely lead to pad/plate melting failure. (which I've done before)

    Or is the key to use a LOT of product to keep friction at a minimum?


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    Depends on the project but in this instance it was for demonstration purposes.

    If I were doing a one-step production detail, for example detailing a daily driver using BLACKFIRE One Step, then "yes" I would tackle half of a hood at one time because the tool can flat out handle it.






    I'll have to give the RUPES Mille compound and polishes a try with the FLEX. Makes sense.



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    Re: Why I call the FLEX 3401 the BEAST! by Mike Phillips

    Quote Originally Posted by royalkangaroo View Post

    How does the BEAST handle heat generation when doing such large/long sections?
    No worse than any other tool and possibly better.

    Remember, heat is always an unwanted byproduct of the process.



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    Or is the key to use a LOT of product to keep friction at a minimum?
    Using the product, as I say, heavy or wet, or using an ample amount of product can help reduce overall heat by reducing overall friction but when it comes to any orbital polisher, when you run any tool at high speed, the oscillating and rotating action plus TIME, plus PRESSURE results in heat.

    It's also a VIOLENT action at high speed and this violent action tends to be hard on pads first and then backing plates.

    I do go through pads and backing plates but never to the point where it's an issue.


    The best way to avoid losing pads is to switch to a clean, DRY pad often.


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    Re: Why I call the FLEX 3401 the BEAST! by Mike Phillips

    I own a 3401 and an XFE 3" mini. I love them. The 3401 will just go and go, and well.... keep grinding as hard as you want. My Pixie shipped today too finally after being backordered! Whooohooooo!!!!!!
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