Thanks for that.
Their reference to not needing to tape off trim etc is more related to product splatter. They're saying that you won't get as much (if any) splatter with a DA as opposed to a rotary, so there is no need to mask the windshield, windshield cowl, wiper jets etc.
I was more referring to trim pieces which you're likely to hit with the DA pad whilst compounding. I believe those should still be taped up to avoid damaging them. Perhaps someone can correct me if I'm wrong?
I've looked at about every angle and I see a few swirls here and there but the paint itself doesn't seem to be hazed in any way that I can find. Maybe a few clouds or something in the sun pic?
RE: Taping off when using the DAMF System. From a splatter point of view there should be zero unless you switch the tool on before the pad is firmly against the paint. From a protection against damage point of view, it's sort of a personal preference. Odds of doing any real "damage" with the DA are slim to none, especially when compared to running a rotary with foam pads. But you do run the risk of getting compound onto textured plastic, having it dry and ultimately staining that trim. If you want to tape off to prevent that, go for it. But since you can pretty easily get very tight up against trim with these thin microfiber discs, even that is less of a concern. Some people are just better than others at staying away from trim when working with a power tool or by hand. If you feel the need to tape off, then by all means, do so.
Personally, I rarely tape off things when using the DAMF System, for the reasons stated above. I will tape off trim in a narrow area that I'll be going over with a pad wider than that area, or if that trim is some delicate material, etc.
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