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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax
I'm about to start polishing the deck of my boat and I'd really appreciate some advice about foam buffer pads.
I've read this thread several times and it doesn't answer what follows.
I haven't figured out yet how far down I need to go in grit to start but I suspect 800 then 1000 wet paper will do - 1000 only, if I'm lucky. Then I'll use a white wool pad for the coarse compound. (I have an 8" Snap-On VS sander polisher for this as well as a cheapy 6" VS R/O sander polisher)
After that I have a whole pile of different foam pads I can choose from - I got one of those 20 gallon Rubbermaid tubs full of various hardness foam disks and Velcro pads for next to nothing at a kind of liquidation store a couple of years ago. I have them in sizes to fit both my machines.
I have thick red, white & blue foam disks (like cheese wheels) of differing stiffness, thinner, flat grey waffle pattern foam and thinner, curved grey waffle pattern foam (semi-circular face).
What I need is advice on is which foam to use with which compound/polish/wax.
Are the harder foams for the coarser levels or vice versa?
Have I provided enough info to make any sort of choice?
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