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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Thanks for chiming in Mike and I'd love you to know that I admire your work and love what you've made for yourself business wise.
    So I feel confident in saying that if I could only have three pads it would be Lake Country 5" Blue, White, and Black pads. Is that a correct assumption?
    Thanks a lot Mike. It's an honor as a retailer to communicate with you. God Bless

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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Quote Originally Posted by Inside Man View Post

    So I feel confident in saying that if I could only have three pads it would be Lake Country 5" Blue, White, and Black pads. Is that a correct assumption?

    Actually, what I would choose and what I recommend for most people and most product would be

    Orange
    White
    Black


    The Orange is supposed to be a tick more aggressive than the blue but when you feel them with your hand, that is draw you hand across the face of a clean foam pad, the blue pad feels sharper. But the both seem to cut about the same. I'm not sure what the formula difference is between these two pads except the orange pads last longer.

    I do like the blue pads for finish polishing gel-coat but usually go with the RUPES blue pads for finishing out gel-coat.

    On an off-topic note, the owner of The Driver's Seat Chris, (a local car parts and accessory store here in Stuart, Nick Rutter is teaching a class there this Saturday), has been using the RUPES pads to buff out his 2007 Contender Center Console. He came into my office last week and said thank you for turning him onto these pads to FINISH polish the gel-coat hull of his boat.


    When I wrote my boat detailing book I'm pretty sure I'm the first guy that's ever shared and explained that gel-coat boats DON'T like soft foam pads for abrading or polishing work. I don't know why... I just know what I see and this is also what I wrote in the book.

    But back to you and your project. Here's a new saying I have...


    The FLEX 3401 will turn and churn any pad and product -Mike Phillips


    That is to say, unlike all free spinning orbital polishers... it's not finicky or picky.


    Use up the Hydro-Tech pads you have and next time you get pads get the Hybrids.


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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Thanks for your time and knowledge Mike. It's greatly appreciated.

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    Re: How To Use The Flex 3401

    Quote Originally Posted by Inside Man View Post

    Thanks for your time and knowledge Mike. It's greatly appreciated.

    You're very welcome.

    Do like me, invest some time behind the buffer and then you can make it dance on paint.



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