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I don`t understand buffing pad colors

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May 28, 2023, 10:42 AM

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I recently got a set of 3" buffing/polishing pads off Amazon and I need to get a better understanding about how to use them in general. If there's a tutorial out there that explains them I'd appreciate a link.

I don't have the chart in front of me right now, but I believe the instructions that came with them indicated the orange foam pad was for harder cutting, the blue and yellow foam pads would be for medium cutting/polishing, and the black and white foam pads are for fine polishing. Do all foam polishing pads follow this same color / grade code regardless of the manufacturer?
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May 28, 2023, 10:57 AM

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This is the chart I have. It came with a polisher I bought.
I know you posted earlier about faded clear coat. We told you then that buffing won't save that.

It may vary by brand though


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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on May 28, 2023, 11:04 AM)

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May 29, 2023, 3:51 PM

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The short answer is no, not all pads follow the same color scheme. That said, in general the pad color scheme does follow a pattern that is similar.

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