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kpagel
Oct 25th, 2005, 06:56 AM
First off, I did read this (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=5713) thread, but I wanted to get some more opinions on the subject. I should receive my Makita 9227c this week and I've already purchased a backing plate and 2 8" yellow pads from a local detail supply store, but now I'm thinking maybe I should return them and just use 6.5" pads on the rotary. My main reasoning is they will be interchangable between my PC and Makita (following the one product per pad rule, of course). Is this good enough reasoning to use 6.5" pads instead of 8"? Is there really a huge difference between the two, or is it really just personal preference? I understand some say its easier to control the 6.5" pads, but I figure that the 8" should be just as easy to use if given proper time to learn. Any experiences or help on this issue is greatly appreciated!

Murr1525
Oct 25th, 2005, 07:02 AM
A big reason is that the 6.6" pad is able to fit into more areas that a bigger pad cannot, esp on cars with more tight areas, like spoilers, etc.

SpoiledMan
Oct 25th, 2005, 07:26 AM
I use both but most often the 6" pads are my choice. If I have a large surface to do some correction on it's much faster to use the 8 inch pad than the 6 inch. On side panels and curved surfaces the 6 inch is almost perfect in size and easier to work with.

Shiny Lil Detlr
Oct 25th, 2005, 07:47 AM
I use the 6.5" pads; mainly so I don't have to maintain a separate set of pads for the rotary and the G100....

Accumulator
Oct 25th, 2005, 11:26 AM
Once in a blue moon I'll use a pad larger than 6.5" but not often enough to answer "both". It's more likely that I'll use a 4" pad for correcting a single RIDS. Another gentle nudge: some of us would buy 4" pads from Meguiar's ;)

Pete-FWA
Oct 25th, 2005, 02:16 PM
8" for virtually everything here

Feels most consistent to me and keeps cabinet clutter to a minimum

For DA use, obviously, I move to the smaller ones, but that's for the different type of machine and the way it operates

Really, it's personal preference on what size you choose. Some don't worry about tight spaces or do them by hand, some use the 6.5 for everything. The results are no different, given identical technique and products.

BondoKing
Oct 30th, 2005, 05:32 AM
I use mostly the 8" pads due to what type of work I am doing.. cutting and buffing fresh paints.. I use the 6.5" on the DA polisher..

Matthew

tumbler
Oct 31st, 2005, 06:14 AM
7.5" sonus orange and yellow for me

KLnyc
Feb 17th, 2006, 05:51 AM
8" and some time 7.5"

Buellwinkle
Feb 17th, 2006, 05:01 PM
The larger the pad, the harder it will be to use, the more likely it can cause damage because the edge is moving at a faster speed. Also most cars, unless you have a Hummer have curved panels, having the larger pad doesn't make you buff any faster, if anything it gets really annoying trying to get into some curves.

danielsan
Feb 17th, 2006, 07:56 PM
Originally posted by Buellwinkle
The larger the pad, the harder it will be to use, the more likely it can cause damage because the edge is moving at a faster speed. Also most cars, unless you have a Hummer have curved panels, having the larger pad doesn't make you buff any faster, if anything it gets really annoying trying to get into some curves.

I absolutely agree with this. I bought 8" pads to try to learn on and really regretted it. It kind of turned me off the rotary for a while, but I think once work slows down I'll order some 6.5 inchers and give it another shot.

Dragpakmach
Mar 16th, 2006, 04:15 AM
The 6.5 pad is really all I use unless I detail a boat or really long flat panels.

EricM535i
Mar 16th, 2006, 04:42 AM
6.5inch (150mm) is standard. The 8" size is a little bit too large, only useful for the roof/bootlit/bonnet.

Arne
Jun 25th, 2006, 10:55 AM
6,5" but will try 8" soon on my rotary

Zet
Jun 26th, 2006, 01:51 AM
When I bought my rotary it came with a "no name" 6,5" pad, so that was what I started out with. But from what I know now it was a lousy pad - foam was hard and of bad quality. So when I got some 8" Megs pads, they were so much easier to use! Since then I have pretty much only been using 8" pads. But my rotary can get quite hot sometimes, as it is a compact model actually only recommended for up to 6,5" pads... I will try some 6,5" pads for larger areas, to compare the time used on polishing the surface with different pad sizes. I know the rotary will like the small size better ;)

DaGonz
Jul 8th, 2006, 09:08 AM
I use 6 inch on the PC, 8 inch on the rotary.

Danielsan... where did you find that avatar? It rocks!

Blr123
Nov 20th, 2006, 07:15 AM
6" Megs and 4" Sonus :xyxthumbs

Bryan

Junebug
Nov 29th, 2006, 11:36 AM
Anybody use those two-sided Edge pads? - the waffle ones?

springer
Dec 6th, 2006, 09:18 AM
depends on the job I'm doing .

Blr123
Feb 7th, 2007, 08:28 AM
I also use 4" they give a bit more cut when required, ther're also good for cutting in bumpers etc.

I seem to remember that we had a discussion about 4" and the pressure was being applied to Megs to come up with them Scottwax2

So where are they Megs?

Bryan

Coupe
Mar 2nd, 2007, 01:08 PM
I cant even vote, i use 4", 5.25", 5.5" and 6" pads only on the PC.
I find anything bigger than 6" are less affective.

agentm
Apr 16th, 2007, 03:30 AM
The larger the pad, the harder it will be to use, the more likely it can cause damage because the edge is moving at a faster speed.Wouldn't the smaller pad edge will move faster then the large pad at the same speed? I do agree with the small pad will get the better angle and edges.

nortyhat
Feb 16th, 2008, 03:12 PM
isnt the g110 a 6.5 buffer? just wanted to know?

CleanGSR
Feb 22nd, 2008, 08:02 PM
I can't vote either. I use 5.5" pads for my polishing steps and I have some nice big 7" Propel Blue Pads for applying glazes/waxes/sealants.

Nappers
Feb 24th, 2008, 07:42 AM
I use 6.5" pads, I may purchase a backing plate for my rotary for 8" pads to use with my 6.5" pads as I saw Kevin Brown do that to keep the pad flat on bigger panels which is what the '66 Dodge D-100 is, a box on wheels with nice big flat panels. :D

I had 8" pads but cut them down to 6.5 + - a few MM's :D

Aaron

SL1CK
Feb 28th, 2008, 08:50 PM
Do any of you use the 8" backing plate w/ the 6.5" pad combination?

g88
Mar 11th, 2008, 11:06 PM
i use Wx006 series pad. Reason is earlier to control compare to 8" Scottwax1

v.bartolomei
Mar 31st, 2008, 09:12 AM
i use 7.5 yellow & red pads for me they are easy to go aroud corners:D

Funkster
Aug 26th, 2008, 08:07 PM
I have 8" pads right now. I am wanting to buy the Soft Buff 2.0 7" pads to try.

asim_296
Oct 13th, 2008, 05:02 PM
unfortunately, I'm only using 8" pads. It's good for large area but the 6" is extremely helpful in tight areas. I just wonder if it's possible to cut those 8" into 6"?? have anyone did this before ??!!

Nappers
Oct 14th, 2008, 09:12 AM
I use 6.5" pads, I may purchase a backing plate for my rotary for 8" pads to use with my 6.5" pads as I saw Kevin Brown do that to keep the pad flat on bigger panels which is what the '66 Dodge D-100 is, a box on wheels with nice big flat panels. :D

I had 8" pads but cut them down to 6.5 + - a few MM's :D

Aaron


unfortunately, I'm only using 8" pads. It's good for large area but the 6" is extremely helpful in tight areas. I just wonder if it's possible to cut those 8" into 6"?? have anyone did this before ??!!


yep

asim_296
Oct 14th, 2008, 02:41 PM
I didn't read all the posts before I reply :D

Thanks for the reply Napper

It's a big mess if you have "Only" 8" pads and in my case I thought it can't be cut :D

PS: I've never detailed a car but I'm trying to learn.