The old faithful wool buff pad, once the only pad that a retailer had at their disposal, is now just one choice in an ever expanding range of pads that a retailer can use today like buffer polisher pads.
With so many new pad materials now available and each having certain attributes, I thought it was time to list what they are, what they are best used for as well as how to use and care for them.
These have been a game-changer since their release a few years ago. These offer mid to high cutting power (cutting discs) and moderate to medium power and superb finish (finishing discs).
The type of pad you choose when buffing will make a huge difference in the overall appearance of the paint finish. Your choice of buffing pad needs to be based on the aggressiveness of the product you are using and what you need to accomplish in that particular buffing step. We have a unique system of helping you choose the right pad for each product.
It is very important to always start a waxing or buffing job with a fresh set of pads. This does not mean a new set, but rather pads that are in clean and good condition.
Dirty pads will work against you in 2 ways. First, if they are already loaded with wax or compound they will not work efficiently, greatly increasing the time you will need for buffing. Second, a dirty pad, one that may have been stored poorly or has grime embedded in it can really damage your finish by polishing that dirt into the surface.
Wool based pads get really damaged and matted down. A small stiff brush will be a big help. First off, these brushes are really useful when you are compounding. As your wool pad gets matted down it starts to work less efficiently. Turn off your buffer and fluff the pad briskly with the stiff brush. This will extend the useful life of the pad as you buff. Once the pad is so loaded that fluffing will no longer work then it is time to wash the pad. Using the stiff brush again while cleaning the pad in the bucket. Scrub and work the compound out of the pad. Once clean, rinse well and push all excess water from the pad. Then let it air dry face up.