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3M foam pad longevity

how long should these white pads last? for extra cut compound, will one last for an entire car (66 mustang)? are you supposed to wash these in a washing machine?

i use a brush to clean residue off but dont know if that is doing the job well enough.

maybe this is what is causing my swirl marks.

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I always wash mine with soapy water after using them and spin it dry
on the buffer.
I also dedicate each pad with it's compound and don't interchange
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You know, I think foam pads will last a very very long time if just used on a flat surface. I've never worn one out like that.
They always fail in one of two ways for me. I wash them (just by hand in a sink) and the velcro backing comes loose or looses it's sticky power. Or I hit and edge and tear it apart.

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The key to them lasting is to clean them very well after each use.

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