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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Mike, how is it that the Flex is able to work in larger sections? I thought that section size was limited by the product and pad not by the polisher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrKent View Post
    Mike, how is it that the Flex is able to work in larger sections? I thought that section size was limited by the product and pad not by the polisher.
    Amount of product and pad are factors but not the only factors. I used the "ample" amount of product and worked hard. It would be easier to have tackled a smaller section but I wanted to show "what could be done" plus "what I could do", if you're new to machine polishing you might want to tackle smaller sections.

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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    Amount of product and pad are factors but not the only factors. I used the "ample" amount of product and worked hard. It would be easier to have tackled a smaller section but I wanted to show "what could be done" plus "what I could do", if you're new to machine polishing you might want to tackle smaller sections.

    This is good to know. I've been using the 3401 for a little over a year now and am about to detail a F350 with a long bed. I'll be testing out this larger section size. This job should go by a little faster now

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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Quote Originally Posted by TrKent View Post

    This is good to know. I've been using the 3401 for a little over a year now and am about to detail a F350 with a long bed.

    I'll be testing out this larger section size. This job should go by a little faster now


    How did the F350 turn out?


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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Also just to note, when I worked this section, approximately 1/4 of this large, full size Chevy with a full size hood, I stood at the passenger side fender as this let me work the entire length of the hood from one standing position in a non-stop, overlapping motion with the polisher.


    Here I've turned the polisher on and spread my working product evenly over the entire surface I'm going to work.




    I'm not saying tackling a huge section like this at one time is easy or the best approach for all detailing projects but for me and this project I was able to knock out the hood doing sections this large.


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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    How did the F350 turn out?


    After about 50 hours... it came out pretty nice, I'll try to repost the video I had on youtube of it... I don't have many after pictures, but there was quite a bit of after-video.

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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Speaking of working large sections, check out 1:48 on this video:
    Dream Detail - Lexus SC430 - YouTube

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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Quote Originally Posted by TrKent View Post
    Speaking of working large sections, check out 1:48 on this video:
    Dream Detail - Lexus SC430 - YouTube

    Nice video and great demonstration on buffing out large sections.

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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    Nice video and great demonstration on buffing out large sections.

    Thanks Mike!!

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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    I see someone else asked the question but didn't get an answer, hopefully someone can update.
    I've been using a 7424XP with 5.5" Pads.
    Had a bunch of 6.5" pads which were overpowering the PC.
    Obviously this isn't the case, what pad sizes are people using now?

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