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Old 03-12-2017, 03:34 AM   #1
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Rupes blue pad mess.

Newbie to the detailing world and bought myself a bigfoot mk2 15 kit to do my own cars without the dilemma of pad and polish choice issues.

Hopefully I can pick all of your brains to answer some questions:

Is it normal for the rupes blue to throw quite a bit of polish out? I try to low speed spread the compound out and then increase speed to complete a section. Usually end up with a bit of a mess and doesnt seem to matter how little i put on.

Do the blue pads clog easier with spent product? Seem to be forever cleaning them with a pad brush.
What is the preferred cleaning method for these pads and how many should i be using per vehicle per stage?

Considering Ive not polished a car before Im pretty happy at with the results so far and actually find detailing a therapeutic exercise. So thanks for letting me in the group!
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:29 AM   #2
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They do leave quite a bit of polish dust behind due to the design of the pad being a open cell structure.
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Old 03-12-2017, 11:51 AM   #3
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The Rupes blue pads can be a nightmare for polish sling. When I first used the Rupes system I thought why would Rupes design it this way polish flying everywhere. The trouble you have is with the open cell structure of this pad you can nearly see right through it. To avoid any sling issues you have to think about what’s happening to the polish. If you’ve picked up the technique of dotting the polish around on the panel before spreading it out this will cause the problem. As the blue pad is so open you push all the polish into the pad instead of getting a uniform layer on the surface. As soon as you ramp up the speed.... SPLAT.
What you need to do is be mindful of putting no pressure on the pad initially and getting the polish spread out nice and thin it will also have primed the surface of the pad and hopefully your pads will last longer as residue further up in the pads cells won’t be there to start with bud.
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Have a look at this....

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With these pads it’s best to apply the polish or compound closer to the centre of the pad and then start off slow to spread before reaching cutting speed.

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Some great information there guys thanks
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Err not with the blue pad

As Elite have said is the correct way to use the blue pad and yes it is true the more you use the pad then it will become softer.

A good tip when cleaning the pad with a brush, is to use a soft head brush as the cells are quite open and are prone to not lasting that long if you use a stiffer brush.
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Err not with the blue pad

As Elite have said is the correct way to use the blue pad and yes it is true the more you use the pad then it will become softer.

A good tip when cleaning the pad with a brush, is to use a soft head brush as the cells are quite open and are prone to not lasting that long if you use a stiffer brush.
Great I will try moving the compound further towards the centre, kind of makes sense really.

I will also try to look for a softer brush to remove the spent stuff out of the pad.
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