I am wondering if splatter is 100% avoidable while using a rotary. I've searched and read quite a bit about reducing it, and I've been able to eliminate it while polishing with 6.5" CCS or flat pads with my rotary by applying product in small amounts to the center of the pad (on the vehicle first) and working it in. Various articles and how-to videos helped a lot.
However, I'm still getting splatter sometimes. Specifically, I'm working on a dark green truck that has severe pinstriping (from being driven through a pine forrest) and I'm using and having good luck with hyper-compound. A couple questions are:
1. 7.5" pads (with the "pocket" or CCS) seem to give me the most problem, do others find this to be true? To be able to polish with all of the pad I apply a little compound to the outside of the pad which adds to the problem. It's nice to use the outer portion of the pad to reach tight spots but how is this done without applying product on the outside of the pad? I mostly add product on the vehicle then place the pad so that the product is in the middle of the pad, which helps for most of the time.
2. Ditto foamed wool. If the entire pad surface has product to provide lubrication and compounding, does some fling out? I'm using a purple 6.5" LC. I am seeing this flinging a bit.
3. Menzerna seems worse than Optimum. IP seems only to fling dust, FPII just seems to fling everywhere. OK, this is a statement rather than a question.
4. Does priming a pad w/ water necessarily make splatter worse?
Sorry if these are overly basic questions, thanks for your help. I have the rotary set between 1000 - 1500 rpm, speed doesn't seem to matter.