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    Re: Pad Cleaning "On The Fly"

    Quote Originally Posted by Jose'sFlawless View Post
    How often do I replace my Buffing Pads...
    That's kind of a judgement call, really. The more aggressively you use a pad, the faster it's going to wear out. Finishing pads, usually used for light finish polishing and wax application, are usually used at lower speeds and light pressure so they tend to last quite a long time. Polishing pads, if used very aggressively (higher speed, lots of pressure) and not cleaned out regularly will wear much faster. We've got foam pads here in our training garage that have been machine washed 25 or 30 times and they're still very usable. Very stiff foam cutting pads will start to exhibit deterioration on the face of the pad, while heavy use of polishing pads will often show a collapsing of the center portion of the pad. When either happens, the pad is basically toast. It can still be used, but results will vary and you probably don't want to use them for anything other than initial cutting (if they perform well enough still) and definitely not for any sort of high end finish polishing.

    There is no set number of cars buffed, or hours used, to determine life expectancy of a pad. Much like clay, it's up to the user to decide if the pad is still viable for the task at hand.
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    Re: Pad Cleaning "On The Fly"

    Can a conditioning damage a microfiber pad?

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    Re: Pad Cleaning "On The Fly"

    Quote Originally Posted by torque View Post
    Can a conditioning damage a microfiber pad?
    What do you mean by "a conditioning"? Are you talking about any of the pad or microfiber conditioning washes or treatments on the market? If so, then no, those should pose no problem for the microfiber pads. But really, all they need is to be washed and dried after every project.
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    Re: Pad Cleaning "On The Fly"

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    What do you mean by "a conditioning"? Are you talking about any of the pad or microfiber conditioning washes or treatments on the market? If so, then no, those should pose no problem for the microfiber pads. But really, all they need is to be washed and dried after every project.
    Sorry, I forgot the word brush after conditioning. Can the conditioning brush damage the fibers if press to hard, or pull them out since the bristle is kind of stiff?

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    Re: Pad Cleaning "On The Fly"

    Quote Originally Posted by torque View Post
    Sorry, I forgot the word brush after conditioning. Can the conditioning brush damage the fibers if press to hard, or pull them out since the bristle is kind of stiff?
    Gotcha. While compressed air is really the best way to clean microfiber pads on the fly, not everyone has compressed air handy. In that case, the pad conditioning brush is a great tool for cleaning these pads on the fly. Obviously you don't want an overly stiff brush because then, yes, you can start pulling fibers out. We've seen some people using whatever stiff nylon brush they happen to have laying around, and that's not always the best idea depending on the brush type. But typical pad conditioning brushes work great for this purpose.
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    Re: Pad Cleaning "On The Fly"

    Great write-up Michael, I need to get one!

    I hate cleaning my foam pads in the sink! Not to mention it would be nice to be able to clean during polishing like you mentioned.
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