Guest Article - By Willy Winterfalk of Allbrite Europe 27/07/06
A 200mm buffing pad with backing plate. The black pad
is the softest in the range and used for final polishing.
A correctly fitting backing plate is all important.
Polishing pads are delivered in several different shapes and sizes. They are round with different surfaces and mixtures. Polishing pads comes in different sizes from 100 to over 200 mm . Most car care detailers are using 150 mm pads, even if the 200 mm pad size creates more heat and gives a faster and better result.
Allbrite Car Care Products USA are happy to announce the AllPad system. The pads are manufactured from a very durable cell foam (Euro foam) and are delivered in different colours for different specifications; red, orange, blue, green and black, where red is used for heavy cutting and the black for finishing. The cell structure varies, so you can always pick the right pad for the job. The pads are 200 mm in diameter and are easy and fast to change during work. The backing plate is so constructed that the pad is easy to adjust into the centre, with the top of your finger. In the system we have also added a pad of 4-ply wool threads for very heavy cutting and one pad of non spun natural lamb’s wool giving splendid finish result – after you waxed the car! It contains natural oil which removes the smallest micro scratches and as a result you get an even deeper shine.
When you clean the wool pad you must use a spur – and often, many times during work! When the working day is over, remove the pad from the machine and leave it to dry with the wool side up. Next day you simple use the spur, with the machine running at low speed and practically all grits will disappear. I recommend not to wash the wool pad at all. If you do the structure of the pad will change and it can shrink. Follow my instructions and the pad will hold for many, many cars. But remember and old and worn out pad can harm the paint and can cost much more then buying a new one.
Cleaning a foam pad with a brush
Cleaning a woolpad with a spur.
I wish you Good Luck!
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