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Old 06-07-2015, 09:43 AM
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What polishing and compounding pad to use on the 6".? I can't find any that say 6"
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Take that orbital back and buy the 7" rotary polisher. You bought the wrong tool, $50....done deal.
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Got the 69924 with the most and best reviews. I wonder what pads are being used.
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Got the 69924 with the most and best reviews. I wonder what pads are being used.
You need the rotary not the orbital. Take that pos back to the store.
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These ones!

I don't have a dog in the hunt for the buffers quality, I have used both and like them both.



http://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-co...pad-60311.html

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-po...pad-60309.html

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-fi...pad-60310.html
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Buy your Pads at auto geek. get Lake County match the Pad to the job. That orbital won't do much on gel coat but they are great on cars.
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Once you get the correct tool go to Lake Country and get some of their foam pads.
The cross cut Kompressor pads are very good if you need to deal with compound. Otherwise the Orange for pollishing and the blue for wax. Also get a few micro fiber towels for hand removal after the fact.

http://www.autogeek.net/lakecountry....CcYaAnO98P8HAQ


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Buy your Pads at auto geek. get Lake County match the Pad to the job. That orbital won't do much on gel coat but they are great on cars.
What he said about orbitals. You will be old and gray before you can compound oxidation off the side of the hull with any orbital. They are great for polishing however.
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Damn. Got the wrong tool. Thanks for the info. Will rotary polish too?
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I use the same orbital polisher and their 6" pads on my painted boat. Works great, never used on gelcoat. If you have paint, try Meguiars fine cut cleaner and M20 polymer sealant.
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It's my understanding that you can polish with a rotary as well. But I believe that you can "burn" the paint on a car if you overdo things. I wouldn't be surprised if you could damage gel coat too if you don't keep the polisher moving. I've seen professional detailers polish with a rotary. I think the key is that you need to know what you are doing.
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Originally Posted by dredey View Post
Damn. Got the wrong tool. Thanks for the info. Will rotary polish too?
You didn't necessarily get the wrong tool you got a tool designed to do a certain job. A rotary can do anything an orbital can do but not vice versa. I use both depending on the job.


I've used a Shurhold Orbital on my boat with decent result but this weekend I hit with the rotary, compound, polish and wax with good pads. Results were off the chain.

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This is the difference in machines.

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Use a wool pad
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What size lake county pads for 7" rotary? 6.5inch or 7.5 inch?
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The best I have read so far regarding this topic.

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-m...olish-wax.html
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Originally Posted by dredey View Post
What size lake county pads for 7" rotary? 6.5inch or 7.5 inch?
7.5.
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Duel action rotary machine, best of both worlds, will not burn paint!
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Originally Posted by Brandana View Post
I use the same orbital polisher and their 6" pads on my painted boat. Works great, never used on gelcoat. If you have paint, try Meguiars fine cut cleaner and M20 polymer sealant.
Don't mean to high jack the thread ,but you compound and seal a painted boat ? What kind of paint ?
I have a boat painted with Brightsides that is getting dull but interlux says no wax.
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Originally Posted by Ccx2 View Post
Don't mean to high jack the thread ,but you compound and seal a painted boat ? What kind of paint ?
I have a boat painted with Brightsides that is getting dull but interlux says no wax.
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