As few as TWO steps--ORANGE for buffing, BLACK for polishing--will take care of many paint correction situations. These pads will work with any of your preferred polishing machines, including rotary (high-speed), dual action (DA), random-orbit, and long-throw (high-action) polishers. Many paint correction situations can be as simple as using the orange pad with your favorite compound or heavy-cut polish, followed with the black pad and your favorite finishing polish.*
Constructed of all high-quality materials, the microfiber surface is attached to 3/4" thick foam interface material. The orange foam interface is relatively stiff while the black foam interface is quite squishy and flexible. Nonetheless, both pads have enough flexibility to allow working into contours in the surface being polished. The back of these pads have a high-quality "loop" layer that attaches securely to most "hook-and-loop" backing plates, although they are best matched with one of our high-quality backing plates.
The plush microfiber surface feels like a super-thick, super-plush microfiber towel. But don't be fooled by their soft feel--these pads work as well as your favorite foam pads, with some extra advantages. First, when using these pads, you are in essence rubbing the surface with thousands of individual microfiber hairs, thus providing thorough contact with the surface. Also, the microfiber pad can "mellow" scratches better than many foam pads because all of those fibers tend to work into the channels of scratches. Best of all, chemical "load-up" is greatly reduced because there is a barrier between the microfibers and the foam backing.
Microfiber pads can be easily cleaned by "spinning" them with a stiff-bristled brush. They can also be machine-washed for thorough cleaning.
Because of their beveled design, the working area is actually 1/2" larger in diameter than the base and thus provides a larger working area than a squared-off design. Yet the base is perfectly measured for easy centering onto the appropriate backing plate. For example, the 6.5" Microfiber pads fit perfectly onto our 6" backing plate; the 5.5" Pad fits the 5" backing plate, and the 4" diameter Microfiber Pad fits a 3.5" backing plate.
The center hole of the pads can also help with visually aligning the pad onto backing plates that have a similar center hole. But this center hole also has the very important function of providing a cooling chamber for excess heat to escape while the pad is working on the surface. The heat travels up the center hole and then dissipates into the foam interface. This heat transfer action allows longer working time.
*Some professionals who provide high-end paint perfection services prefer to have more than just two steps in the process. In this case, we recommend having two of the orange pads and two of the black pads. One of the orange pads would be used for the most aggressive compound and the other with your more aggressive polish. Then follow with one black pad and the SAME polish. Then finish with the other black pad and your finishing polish. As with ANY pad, make sure to dedicate each pad to a specific chemical--if a pad has been used with a chemical of a certain aggressiveness, it cannot be used with a less aggressive chemical (until fully washed).
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.
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
|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|
|BABY BLUE||SOFT POLISHING|
|EXTREME RETICULATED FOAMS|
|COARSE GREEN||EXTREME CUT|
|COARSE ORANGE||MEDIUM CUT|
|URO-TEC “OPEN CELL”|
|COARSE BLUE||HEAVY CUT|
|URO-CELL “CLOSED CELL”|
|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|