this may make me sound like a moron, but what is the gold pad? or can i use any scuff pad
its a gold scuff pad.. i got one from work.( i work at a body shop) . we have 3 kinds here.. red-rough, gray-med, and gold-fine.. the number on the box at work is from 3M #51131-07745..
you might be able to use other scuff pads but i used the gold scuff pad because i knew it wouldn't leave any scratches in the chrome plastic.. other rougher pads might leave marks and scracthes in the housing and the spray paint may not cover and fill the scratches leaving you with a crappy looking part. so try and find a really fine scuff pad that doesn't mark or scratch.
hope that helps