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Old 22-07-2021, 05:38 PM   #1
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How Do You Clean Out Your Pads During Polishing?

Hi guys,

I have to admit, I rarely clean out my pads during polishing . I tend to change pads more frequently & find this works best for me. (Maybe another thread needed to discuss this) I find this the best way to complete the car quickly, without any drop off in pad performance. Heat, wear, reduced cut due to spent product & clear coat.

My friend has purchased his first DA & only has a handful of pads. He asked me if I still use a towel or brush to clean out my pads, which I have not done for many, many years.

I know the go to now is compressed air. But he asked if he could use a leaf blower or a car dryer instead.

Has anyone tried this, or do you stick with a towel or brush?
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Old 22-07-2021, 06:13 PM   #2
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Now that I use the same method as yourself, I'm a bit out of touch with it, but I always used a nail scrubbing brush to clean out my pads when I was mid polish
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Old 28-07-2021, 01:55 PM   #3
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A car dryer wont work as not enough power. A leaf blower would be too cumbersome I would have thought. You want to be aiming the spoil into a container so it doesnt get all in the air and cover everything. I just cant work out the logistics of a leaf blower tbh with you.

I use compressed air - I primarily use microfibre pads though and I think i've read somewhere that they arent really suitable for foam...I got a cheap compressor from Machine Mart. I think it was about £80 with a blow gun, hose and some other bits. I'm never going to run air tools on it, so thats perfect for me.

When I didnt have compressed air, I would use a brush. Old/cheap toothbrush, Rupes Claw Tool, some old stiff bristled Megs one I had lurking around.

I have also learned that those air dusters (little cans of compressed air) really dont work at all!
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Old 28-07-2021, 04:06 PM   #4
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Just a small stiff brush mid polish every so often.
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Old 28-07-2021, 04:55 PM   #5
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I used to pull the pad off, go and wash it, wring it out best I could then spin the machine on the highest setting to get the water out (away from the car!). It worked ok but I would, on occasion, get a very wet compound/polish which would then sling all over the car.

Now, as someone said above, I used compressed air. Its a revelation. Just stop, blast the pad with compressed air and youre off and going again. Wish I had done it sooner tbh!
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Old 28-07-2021, 05:02 PM   #6
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Thanks guys

I have told him to buy more pads. Cheaper than buying a leaf blower or car dryer
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Old 28-07-2021, 05:29 PM   #7
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We use a tornador in the shop. Rarely wash pads.
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Old 28-07-2021, 05:47 PM   #8
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High pressure air from my workshop compressor, clean them after every panel as it only takes about 30 seconds.
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Old 28-07-2021, 10:42 PM   #9
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Vacuum them out on slow speed
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Watched one of Forensic Detailers videos on polishing last night, he suggested having at least 4 pads and use 1 per qtr of the car, after use he puts the spent pad in a washing up bowl of shampoo and water to stop the product drying while he continues with a fresh pad, then at the end it's a just a matter of cleaning out the 4 pads.
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