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Optimum Pad Selection

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Ok, it looks like we haven't had any pad discussions in a long time, so let's talk about the current pad selection from the Optimum store. It looks like the current lineup (excluding microfiber, which I'll get to later), in order of aggressiveness, is this:

 

Hyper Wool Foam Pad

Orange Waffle Foam Pad

Black Waffle Foam Pad

Blue Waffle Foam Pad

 

Now I remember a few years ago when the colors of the (then) Hyper Compound and Hyper Polish were changed to orange and blue, respectively, to match the waffle pads. One can kind of extrapolate to today that Hyper Compound (white) would be matched with the (purple) Hyper Wool Foam Pad, the Intensive Polish with the Orange Waffle, and the Hyper Polish with the Blue Waffle.

 

So I'm trying to understand how the Black Waffle fits in and what it would be used for. I thought maybe this was the pad for doing a one-step, since it seems to be in-between the Orange and Blue, but the product pages suggest it is the followup to the Orange Waffle...which I thought was the Blue...

 

I understand that polishing aggressiveness is a combination of pad, polish, and machine, and that anything is just a general guideline because every job is different, I'm just trying to understand how the pads fit into the "system" and also how it relates to the crème polishes, which have a slightly different level of cut to their sprayable cousins.

 

So that brings us to the microfiber pads, and how these compare contrast with the wool and foam, what people are using them for, etc. I have to say although I have the Optimum microfiber pads, they are my least favorite out of the 3 brands of MF pads that I have.

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Thanks for the clarification, Chris, so the blue pad won't remove compounding haze from the white compound/wool, but it's ok as a followup to the orange pad, which I remember was the intent when the colors were changed to orange and blue on the polishes?

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Reviving this thread as it seems some info was lost...

will the blue pad be enough to get rid of clay bar marring with hyper polish? Is it enough to get rid of opti coat? 

My assumption for opti coat would be yes... it would get rid of opti coat even on a blue pad.

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the blue is a finishing pad - would probably work but would take a lot of polishing.  Orange, black or white pads much better choice to remove marring and OCP.

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