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    Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    The question often comes up,
    How do I clean my buffing pads?

    Or more specifically,

    How do I clean my buffing pads after they become wet or saturated with the product I'm working with?


    One way is to do what we call, Cleaning your pad on the fly. This means to take and hold a clean, soft, dry terry cloth towel, hopefully a towel with a thick nap, (the little cotton loops), against the face of the pad while it's still on your polisher and then with your hand that's holding the polisher, use your finger to turn the polisher on and then move the towel around and against the face of the foam pad. This will act to cause the excess product built-up in the foam pad to move out of the pad and saturate into the terry cloth towel. Then you can place the towel down and get back to working on your car.

    This is called cleaning your pad on the fly because it's quick and simple and fairly effective for what you're trying to do.


    Here's Cisco from one of our recent Saturday Detailing Classes learning how to clean a pad on the fly



    Mike Stoops Cleaning a pad on the fly



    As you clean your pad you'll see residue build-up on the towel.



    Clean your pad often
    Besides knowing how to clean your pad on the fly you also need to remember to clean your pad often, usually after every other application of product to the pad. That is, apply some product to your pad and work it to a section. Wipe off the spent residue and either re-clean the area or move onto a new area. After a second application of product to the pad and after you've worked it to a section, now clean your pad. This is cleaning your pad every other application of product to the pad. You can clean your pad after every application if you like too. Most people don't clean their pads often enough, so err on the side of caution. Cleaning your pad often maximizes your effectiveness and thus your speed and quality of end result.

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    Re: Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    Is it ok to clean pads with shoe polish brush?

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    Re: Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    Quote Originally Posted by gioprivatemove View Post
    Is it ok to clean pads with shoe polish brush?
    Hey thats a great idea. Those are made out of horsehair normally right? I would think thats a perfect texture based on the length of the bristles. Anyone ever tried this?
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    Re: Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly



    The bottom one seems perfect for the job.
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    Re: Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    Toothbrushes work when used to clean pads while using the rotary.

    I've never tried using a brush with the PC, but it doesn't sound like it would work.
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    Re: Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    Quote Originally Posted by PorscheGuy997 View Post
    Toothbrushes work when used to clean pads while using the rotary.

    I've never tried using a brush with the PC, but it doesn't sound like it would work.
    Hey Chris,

    Cleaning pads with a brush is for the rotary like you mentioned. With the rotary spinning around 1000 rpm, it is surprising how much stuff comes off of a pad from using a brush!

    But as you mentioned, using the brush with the machine turned on is not for the DA. You can brush the pad once it is dry to remove dried on product. But this is done with the machine turned off. If you attempt to do this with the DA turned on, like we do with a rotary, the pad will will fly off ruining the pad. The DA's action will fling a pad a long ways!!

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    Re: Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    nice tip. Thanks! one question, you seem to have specified (cotton) terry towels... can't MF towels hack it? TIA.
    Last edited by b2bomber; Jul 28th, 2008 at 09:55 AM. Reason: i forgot to add my question. :-P

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    Re: Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Lingor View Post
    ...If you attempt to do this with the DA turned on, like we do with a rotary, the pad will will fly off ruining the pad. The DA's action will fling a pad a long ways!!

    Sounds like I have my next competition with kerrinjeff! Wonder what the current record for distance is....
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    Re: Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    Quote Originally Posted by VoicesInMyHead View Post

    Sounds like I have my next competition with kerrinjeff! Wonder what the current record for distance is....
    Bring it on, I've been training for weeks!

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    Re: Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post


    This means to take and hold a clean, soft, dry terry cloth towel, hopefully a towel with a thick nap, (the little cotton loops), against the face of the pad while it's still on your polisher and then with your hand that's holding the polisher, use your finger to turn the polisher on and then move the towel around and against the face of the foam pad.
    What speed should you use to clean? I imagine since your holding the DA with one hand it's pretty low?
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