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Old 19-11-2019, 01:51 PM   #1
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First time using a DA

Hi, first post so be gentle!

Using a DA for the first time and have a couple of queries. Tried searching but just got more confused.

I only have one pad for each compound. I now realise this probably isn’t enough. Do you need to clean the pad between each application - I have seen mention of using a tooth brush but not seen how. I currently have a pad that is covered in polish and not very effective. Plan to order more pads but some guidance would be helpful. Appreciate they need a good clean when done but this is more about during application.

Having big issue with splatter but guess this could be linked to the above.

Sorry for daft questions from a newbie.

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Old 19-11-2019, 02:01 PM   #2
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You can clean dried polish, and polishing slurry, from a pad by holding a toothbrush against the pad whilst running the polisher.

If the polish, and slurry, is wet you can (carefully) hold a MF against a rotating pad.

The splatter will probably be caused by the pad being too wet and contaminated with spent polish and slurry residue.

Try and clean the pad using one of the above techniques at least after every polishing set and change to a new pad every couple of panels.

Hope that helps.

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Old 19-11-2019, 02:29 PM   #3
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If compounding (cutting) I use a pad for every panel and two for both bonnet and roof. Whilst compounding the pads will clog up. When polishing half a dozen pads will suffice , then if you use a finishing polish/glaze/paint cl aner, a couple of pads should be ok to do the whole car.

A toothbrush as mentioned above will improve matters for you.

As for splatter, start of with your three pea size drops on the pad then spread the polish around your working area....which should be roughly 18"x18 " on the lowest speed setting, before you crank the dial up.
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Old 19-11-2019, 03:00 PM   #4
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I only have a few pads and end up washing part way through a polish. I use a lot of running water, soap and a toothbrush. I dry them in a towel, then spin dry on the DA, works fine for me.
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Thanks everyone, that helps. Watched a few YouTube vids before starting and non discussed cleaning. My ignorance meant I didn’t realise there was a need to change and clean pads.
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