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Old 10-25-2005, 06:21 PM
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What is the best way to clean a wool buffing pad between uses. I don't think I had mine clean enough and got some swirls and scratches. Has anyone had any luck with swirl remover. I am using Mequires products.

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Old 10-25-2005, 06:44 PM
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You spin it and hold a tool against it that is designed to do just that.
The tool has 3 wheels on it with teeth.

However, I still get some scratches when buffing with wool pads. This is why next time I am going to use the the 3M system that uses a bumpy-looking pad.
Reports I have read say they never have the scratching problem with these.

I used to use 3M Finessit II and then with Hand Glaze to remove the swirl marks.
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Old 10-25-2005, 07:27 PM
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Either use a paint stick or a screw driver.. Really no need in buying to tool.. They are cool to have and work great,but the paint stick works great

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They make a spur for cleaning the pad off while you have it spinning like roger said. This brings up something about safety I must relay. When I was younger my friend had me buff out his black escort. I often would clean off the pad with a screwdriver which isn't safe. This time it was close to being disastorous. The screwdriver caught in the spinning pad and ripped from my hand and became a high speed projectile. If my friend was standing about an inch or two over from where he was, he would have been a hurting unit. It was at just the right height that it would have hit him in a very bad spot. I would have hated to have run him to the emergency room with a screwdriver through the nards and try to explain what happened. I hardly ever use a wool pad anymore and use mosty foam pads. I think they do a better job, wool pads leave a lot of swirls to get out.
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This ties into BK's DA thread. The finer grit you use to color sand,the LESS agressive you have to get with the buffer. I have not used a wool pad in quite awhile. Since going with the 3000 3M Trizac pad I just don't need wool.The white wafle pad (the bumpy one roger1) works great then the black wafle pad with the swirl remover and glaze. Much LESS buffer work and much LESS chance of burning/cutting thru.
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I would allso suggest the waffle foam pad. My first time buffing and I liked it.
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I don't hardly ever use one now but when I do , after useing one
I soak it in a 5 gal bucket with liquid dish detergent and water.
I soak them overnight, shake out as much as possible then spin
them on the buffer which fluffs them up better than just hanging
to dry. (Don't use any granular soap, only liquid, like Joy.)
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i threw away my wool pads a long time ago. the only one left is a yellow synthetic. have'nt had swirl mark problems since. i agree that sanding to a finner grit i by far better than buffing. i don't care for the seating arrangement on a buffer. as for cleaning i use an air blower. does'nt tear up the pad.
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