Justin Labato named as spokesman for Buff and Shine Manufacturing

by Richard Umbrell June 01, 2016

Justin Labato named as spokesman for Buff and Shine Manufacturing

For Immediate Release
June 1, 2016
Rancho Dominguez, CA

Buff and Shine Manufacturing is proud to announce that it has retained the services of professional detailer Justin Labato of JL's Showroom Detailing. Labato will act as a spokesman to help both professional detailers and consumers correctly choose and use Buff and Shine's extensive line of professional buffing pads, with the goal of helping all users produce spectacular showroom-shine results during automotive paint perfection. Labato will provide demonstrations during popular trade shows (e.g., Mobile Tech Expo, Detail Fest, and SEMA) as well as assist in the production of "how-to" videos on the use of Buff and Shine pads with a variety of buffing and polishing machines. Moreover, he will be helping with new product development.

Justin Labato has been detailing full-time since 2008. He currently holds all certifications offered by the International Detailing Association (Certified Detailer, Skills Validated, Recognized Trainer). Labato was one of the hand-picked professional detailers to assist on the premier episode of Velocity Channel's new show "Competition Ready." He has worked on the respected Air Force One Detailing Team twice and contracts as a paint correction craftsman for several show-car companies and events, including Barrett-Jackson Auctions.

Since 1987, Buff and Shine Manufacturing has been producing a full range of high-quality buffing pads. The customer-focused company provides pads for all buffing and polishing platforms, including simple rotary; standard, long-throw, and gear-driven dual-action; and random-orbit machines.





Richard Umbrell
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Application Charts

BUFFING FOAMS

Buffing and polishing your car with foam pads has been around for many years.  Foam pads work allot differently than wool pads as far as cut, feel and performance.  There are many new technological advances in the foam pad industry and I am writing this to help give you more information so you are able to choose the correct foam for your next job.

There are many ways to identify foam pads in the industry.  PPI is a generic way of distinguishing foam, but not the 100% correct way.  Since there are so many ways to measure foam, we are going to start here with the basic.

OPEN CELL and CLOSED CELL

The first and basic thing to understand about foam is whether it is open or closed cell.  Many open cell foams start out as closed cell and are “reticulated” to produce open cell.  “Reticulation” is a process used in processing foam where they take the bun of foam, put in in a concrete and controlled room, fill the room with hydrogen so the foam can absorb it, and then they ignite the foam.  This process causes the membrane or window of the foam to wrap around the branches.  The window/membrane on foam is the transparent thin layer in between the branches.  The branch is what you feel by hand in the foam when you touch it.  If you look at foam under a microscope, you will see the branches and windows.  Foam that has been reticulated is open cell and foam no reticulated is closed cell.

Once you reticulate a foam it may become stronger in its tearing characteristics.  Reticulated or “open cell” foam run much cooler on the surface as compared to closed cell foams.  The reason for this is that with the cells being open, they are allowed to let air pass thru them to dissipate heat.  With this happening, there may be a chance the chemical you are working with may dry faster and possibly dust since the lubricant in it is getting dried with the air passing thru the foam.

 There are Pros and Cons to each of the foams, and each type works differently with all chemicals:

Keep in mind that not all foams work the same way with all chemicals.  In many instances, it can be trial and error.

There are many other ways foams are measured, this is just a starting point so you are able to pick the best foam for your project.

 

APPLICATION CHARTS ARE COARSES TO FINE

US FOAMS
WHITE 45 PPI HEAVY CUT
YELLOW 50 PPI MEDIUM CUT
GREEN 60 PPI POLISHING
BLUE 70 PPI  SOFT POLISHING
BLACK 80 PPI FINISHING
SOFT WHITE 90 PPI ULTRA FINISHING
BABY BLUE 100 PPI  FINAL FINISHING

EURO FOAMS
YELLOW HEAVY CUT
ORANGE MEDIUM CUT
WHITE POLISHING
BABY BLUE SOFT POLISHING
RED ULTIMATE FINISHING

EXTREME RETICULATED FOAMS
COARSE GREEN EXTREME CUT
COARSE ORANGE MEDIUM CUT
MAROON POLISHING
RED FINISHING

URO-TEC “OPEN CELL”
COARSE BLUE HEAVY CUT
MAROON MEDIUM CUT
YELLOW POLISHING
WHITE FINISHING

URO-CELL “CLOSED CELL”
LIGHT BLUE CUTTING
ORANGE POLISHING
RED FINISHING

STANDARD WOOL PADS
100% WOOL 4 PLY NATURAL CUTTING
WOOL BLEND SINGLE PLY NATURAL MEDIUM CUT
WOOL BLEND 4 PLY TWIST YELLOW MEDIUM CUT/POLISHING
WOOL BLEND SINGE PLY WHITE POLISHING
WOOL BLEND SINGLE PLY YELLOW POLISHING/FINISHING
KNITTED WOOL BLEND  LIGTH POLISH/FINISHING
KNITTED 100% WOOL NATURAL FINAL FINISHING

INDUSTRIAL WOOL PADS
ALTERNATE STITCH DUAL STRAND WOOL BLEND AGGRESSIVE CUTTING & LONG LASTING