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Old 10-27-2008
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Foam vs. wool for buffing, waxing, etc.

I have started buffing the hull of my 1983 Pearson 34. I wet sanded with 400 and then 600 grit to remove stains and abrasions. Then I buffed with 3M Perfect-It III Extra Cut with a wool Superbuff pad with excellent results.

Then I tried a wipe-on wipe-off liquid called Flash and it made my polished surface hazy. I tried some Meguiar's cleaner wax (also a liquid) and it also did not improved the polished shine. I tried foam pads and they did not make the surface shiny like the wool pad. I am going to try some Meguiar's NXT paste wax and see how that goes.

My questions: do you use different speeds for foam pads compared to wool? I am very happy with the wool pad and 3M compound but everything I read says foam pads are better for finishing the wax but I can't get it shiny. I am going to try a wool finishing pad with the paste wax. Are there other foam pad techniques that I need to know? Or just use the wool and don't worry about it?
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