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Oakvillez3
08-12-2007, 10:01 PM
where is the best place to buy 6.5" LC pads for my PC? online is fine but retail around the gta would be ideal. thanks

David
08-16-2007, 01:32 PM
CMAX in Mississauga should be able to get meguiars pads for you. Same goes for Canadian tire, but you will have to order them out of their keystone catalogue.

Oakvillez3
08-16-2007, 10:40 PM
thanks david, where exactly is cmax and how would you compare the megs pads to LC in terms of quality and price. thanks

David
08-17-2007, 07:58 AM
LC has an advantage in that their velcro backing is bonded to the pad much better. If you use a megs pad at speed 6 for an entire car a couple of times, the velcro will most likely become unglued. However, I used my cutting pad numerous times at speed 5 and it was ok, fwiw. Overall, I do like the megs pads. Their maroon pad (cutting) is very effective, and their yellow (polishng) is also very effective at bringing out the full gloss in paint.

As for price, you will pay an arm and a leg buying megs pads from cmax (megs canada is a rip-off). However, if you must buy locally, then they ae your only option. I'd personally buy LC pads from eshine.ca and call it a day.

As for CMAX, check out this link for a store near you:

http://locator.zip411.net/clients/napa/en/?pdm_id=135

Oakvillez3
09-08-2007, 02:00 PM
thanks david,

have you had any success with a US source such as Autogeek or Danase?

http://www.danase.com/lacomaccspa.html
http://www.autogeek.net/shipping.html

im trying at all cost to stay away from online to avoid shipping costs, but not sure this is possible.

David
09-09-2007, 08:49 AM
I've purchased from autogeek before and they have been good. They shipped to me using USPS, so there were no ridiculous brokerage fees to pay. However, forget autogeek and danase. There is an online store in Ontario that I almost forgot about, eshne.ca. I've purchased from them as well:

http://www.eshine.ca/products.php?cat=41

I'd get this kit and would configure it for one yellow, one white, and one black pad. In the box that says 'need another pad', I'd add an orange pad as well:

http://www.eshine.ca/proddetail.php?prod=104&cat=41

Then you're set!

Oakvillez3
09-13-2007, 09:48 AM
yes i've heard good things about eshine, i will look into their shipping charges. what pads does cdn tire offer by special order? are they any good?

David
09-13-2007, 09:03 PM
yes i've heard good things about eshine, i will look into their shipping charges. what pads does cdn tire offer by special order? are they any good?

If (not 100% sure if they do) Canadian tire offers pads in their keystone catalogue, they will be the meguiars ones I described above. I would honestly go with the Lake Country pads from eShine if you are serious about buying.

Oakvillez3
09-27-2007, 10:18 AM
hi david,

i ended up getting some LC pads from autogeek and now i'm looking for some product to get started. do not really want to start spending big bucks on product, just something to get me going and i can slowly build on.

can you recommend some decent over the counter product that would be able to remove light swirels, maybe an AIO? my plan is to use mothers clay, AIO product? and then use the p100 that I already have.

appreciate your thoughts.

David
09-27-2007, 08:03 PM
Something like step 2 from the mothers 3 step system should be ok. It won't have much bite, but it'll be a good start.

HoldenC
09-28-2007, 02:39 AM
I apologize for disagreeing with you, David, but Mother's is a product line I stay away from like the plague. Among my colleagues, not one has used their products with any degree of success.

For a beginner, I would recommend Poorboy's Professional Polish and SSR1. Meguiars also make quality products. If you would like to use their stuff, use #83 as a one-step type product.

Also, you should order from eShine.ca.

Vicman17
09-28-2007, 03:52 AM
I kinda agree with HoldenC. Mother's, althought cheap and widely available can be avoided like Turtle Wax, RainDance. Some Meguiar's especially their Professional Mirror Glaze line (beige bottles) are pretty decent. The only Mother's product I would use if caught in a bind would be their pure Carnauba wax to top the Klasse sealant, nothing more.

Isn't Mother's #2 a pure polish, so the abrasiveness would be almost nothing?

I use SSR 2.5 (I find Poorboy's SSR a bit on the mild side) with orange pad to correct swirls and then Optimum Polish. A good combo that I tried recently is Klasse AIO topped with Four Star UPP. Gloss and slickness is way up. I now find UPP is way better and easier to use than Klasse SG.

I think eshine ships free for purchases over $150.

A good one-step OTC product I used is Meguiar's ColorX ($11 from CT) or Meg's #6 Cleaner Wax ($14) most likely the same formulation. Both have good chemical cleaners (pre-wax), the polish is built in and a synthetic wax on the same application, so the 3 steps that Mother's sells in their 3 bottles is in this one. I find ColorX buffs well with next to no dusting.

Oakvillez3
09-30-2007, 11:14 AM
thanks for the ideas guys.

Vicman17
10-01-2007, 01:30 PM
FYI check out eshine.ca and their 'specials' page for the month of Oct.

Sonus pads, Menzerna, Wolfgang are on sale (if you use these products). Great guys to deal with.*th-up*

David
10-17-2007, 10:43 PM
Holden, Vince;

OakvilleZ3 said he doesn't want to spend big bucks and wants something OTC. That rules out anything online and anything remotely boutique like menzerna. If I had to give him a recommendation without any stipulations, I'd tell him to use Zaino all in one if he just wants a one step, or ZAIO with Z2 if he's willing to go two steps. But again, Z is more expensive and cannot always be had locally.

Both of you please do me a favour and read the OP's question before you jump on my back and tell me what sh!t recommendations I made.

As for mothers being horrible, I beg to differ. I've had good luck with their power polish and have found their FX and reflections lines to be very good for OTC. They are definitely not in the same league as Zaino for durability, but in my testing both lasted about 2 months, the same amount of time FMJ, EXP, WG and NXT lasted me. That's not bad company to keep.