Proper Care and Cleaning of Buffing Pads
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 grinding that dirt into the surface.
Proper pad cleaning and storing is essential.
Here is what you will need:
- 5 Gallon Bucket
- Boat Soap
- Small Stiff Brush
- Zip Top Plastic Bags
- Buffing Pads
Add 1 capful of boat soap to your bucket and fill the bucket about 3/4 full.
For foam based pads and woven bonnets hand wash in the bucket, working out the chemicals, then rinse well, wring out and let air dry face up.
Wool based pads get really gunked up 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 you 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 in the soap water 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.
Once all your pads are dry, make sure to store them in a plastic bag so they will stay clean for next time.
Until next time, make sure you keep your boat Clean-N-Simple!