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  1. thirtytwovalve

    thirtytwovalve Steam Rollin 335's Established Member

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    I bought an 01 F250 that has some light swirling and a few deeper scratches. I have 2 orange lake country light cutting pads and was wondering if I could get away with cutting and polishing with the orange pads or if I need to buy a white polishing pad. I'll be using M105/205 on a DA. Thanks
     

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    Merlinii Worlds Shiniest HD F-150! Established Member

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    LC Orange are medium cutting pads.
    What DA and what what size backing plate?
     
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    thirtytwovalve Steam Rollin 335's Established Member

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    Don't hate me too much, it is a 6" Harbor Freight DA.
     
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    Merlinii Worlds Shiniest HD F-150! Established Member

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    Do you have a 5" backing plate?
     
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    Merlinii Worlds Shiniest HD F-150! Established Member

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    I'm personally not a big fan of M105 unless it's a major correction.
    It can be finicky and it is very aggressive
     
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    Nothing wrong with that DA. Are there better ones? Of course, but a buddy of mine makes his Trailblazer SS shine like a diamond with that same DA.

    Go back to Harbor Freight and pick up some of their 6" blue (polishing) pads for the m205 and maybe some black (finishing) pads for any wax you plan on laying over the top.

    You might not even need the m105 if your imperfections aren't that bad. Try the least aggressive combo first and work your way up if need be.
     
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    Merlinii Worlds Shiniest HD F-150! Established Member

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    I'm personally not a big fan of a 6" backing plate on the HF DA machine.
    I feel it you get better control and performance using a 5" backing plate.
    I prefer the Meguiars 5" DBP5 backing plate and 5" pads on a DA .
     
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    Merlinii Worlds Shiniest HD F-150! Established Member

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    Light swirls can be corrected with a LC orange medium pad and M205 but...
    To make life easier I might suggest the Megs DMC5 5" DA Microfiber Cutting Disc.

    My Thoughts...
    Meguiar's 5" Backing Plate DBP5
    Meguiars 5" DMC5 DA Microfiber Cutting Discs
    Meguiar's DA Microfiber Correction Compound D300

    NOTE: Do not chase the "few deeper scratches" Swirls can be corrected.
    Random Independent Deep Scratches (RIDs) should not be chased by a newbie.
     
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    thirtytwovalve Steam Rollin 335's Established Member

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    Thanks, I only do my cars once a year and have had good success with the HF machine. Good note on the 105, thanks
     
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    Merlinii Worlds Shiniest HD F-150! Established Member

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    Wanna try a different compound?
    I have a thought...
     
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    thirtytwovalve Steam Rollin 335's Established Member

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    Sure, I wouldn't mind that. What would you use? Thanks
     
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    Merlinii Worlds Shiniest HD F-150! Established Member

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    I suggest CarPro ClearCut Compound with a CarPro Flash Pad 5"
    CarPro Clear Cut Compound was just announced a SEMA.
     
  13. thirtytwovalve

    thirtytwovalve Steam Rollin 335's Established Member

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    That stuff sounds great, just read about it on their page. I'll have to give it a shot.
     

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