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Polishing pad vs finishing pad vs cutting pad



Hi everyone, 


Can someone tell me specifically in clear detail the differences between a polishing pad, finishing pad and cutting pad? Furthermore, the differences from a microfiber pad to a foam pad, to other hex pads, CCS pads, etc. 



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Two months later, and I apologize, but hope you get what you need or have already gotten your answer. Just going off the first part of your question and comparing it to what Adam's has for each.
I think of paint correction pads kind of light different sand paper grits.

Cutting pad (blue and white)= remove deeper scratches/imperfection in the clear coat

Compound pad (blue)= the less aggressive version of the cutting pad. removes swirls and light scratches in the clear coat.

Polishing pad (white)= final polishing step as far as correction. removes marring from passes with the two above pads.

Finishing pad (red)= used for applying sealant/wax/etc.

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