Buff, Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Posted: September 1, 2012
Proper pad cleaning and storage is essential. Here is what you will need:
- A 5-gallon bucket
- Boat soap
- Small stiff brush
- Zip-top plastic bags
- Buffing pads
Add 1 capful of boat soap to your bucket, and fill the bucket about three-quarters full.
For foam-based pads and woven bonnets, hand wash them in the bucket, working out the chemicals, then rinse well, wring out and let them air dry face up.
Wool-based pads get really gunked up and matted down. A small, stiff brush will be a big help. As your wool pad gets matted down, it starts to work less efficiently. Turn off your buffer and fluff the pad briskly with the stiff brush, which will extend the useful life of the pad as you buff. Once the pad is so loaded that fluffing will no longer work, it is time to wash the pad. Using the stiff brush — in the soapy water bucket — scrub and work the compound out of the pad. Once it’s clean, rinse it well and push all excess water from the pad. Then let it air dry face up.
Once all your pads are dry, make sure to store them in a plastic bag so they will stay clean for next time.