If you’re serious about restoring the luster to your clear coat or any glossy surface, you need to get acquainted with buffing pads.
What is Buffer Pads: Buffing pads are circular pads used to polish paint and other hard materials. They can also be used to apply wax, sealants, and other coatings. Most pads are made of foam but can also be made of microfiber or wool or a combination of all three materials. Some pads are meant to be used by hand but most are meant to be used with a machine such as a Dual Action (DA) Orbital Polisher or Rotary Buffer. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes for different uses and you can easily avail them on Xtreme Polishing System. The most common pads are circular flat foam pads
Buffing pads are attached to polishers by what called the Backing Plate. This is a plastic or rubber disk that has a threaded arbor on one side (to screw into or onto your polisher’s spindle) and a hook and loop (Velcro) face on the other side.
Most buffing pads are made of two materials glued together. The main material is typically foam, which will hold the polish and contact the paint. The secondary material is the backing material (usually hook and loop known commonly as Velcro) that allows the pad to stick to the backing plate on the polisher and be easily removable. Pads that use microfiber or wool will often have the fiber glued to a foam core which is then glued to a Velcro backing. In very simplistic terms, closed cell foam doesn’t absorb as easily as open cell. This reduces the amount of polish consumed but makes the pads harder to clean.
Working of Buffer Pads:
Buffer pads are designed to hold the abrasives in polishes at the surface of the pad. When the abrasives are “stuck” to the surface of the pad they turn the pad into the equivalent of ultra-fine sand paper. The porous nature of the pad absorbs spent oils from the polish.
Pads are also flexible so that they can apply even pressure to curved surfaces. If pads weren’t flexible it would be easy to remove uneven amounts of paint and damage your finish.
Pads also act as absorbers of heat and transports of cool air to the surface you are working on. Since abrasion is a result of friction and friction generates heat, this is very important. Heat can damage both the surface you’re working on and the pad itself.
Benefits of Buffer Pads:
- Pads hold polish much more evenly than a towel would and are easy to attach to a machine, allowing for a more even and consistent material removal.
- Buffing pads provide a more efficient means of working polish into your finish to remove defects, greatly reducing the time you spend correcting your finish.
- Pads also provide a safety barrier between your machine or hand and the surface you’re working on. This keeps you from accidentally scratching the surface you’re trying to correct.
- Polishing pads are better at holding the abrasives in polishes against the surface you’re polishing. This allows you to use less polish than you would with a towel.
A good pad will stay together and not shed material onto the surface you’re working.