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How to clean buffing pads?

This is a discussion on How to clean buffing pads? within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; I buffed the top surfaces of the Monte Carlo last night. First pass was with Presta Strata 1000 and then ...

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    How to clean buffing pads?

    I buffed the top surfaces of the Monte Carlo last night. First pass was with Presta Strata 1000 and then using a new pad I made a pass with Presta Chroma Swirl Remover. Good to see a product that works as stated -- the swirl remover did wonders for the finish.

    The pads are Norton Liquid Ice and are a blue foam composition. How do I clean these pads? The first pad is pretty gunked up as it did most of the work. Both pads were new when I started and should have lots of life left in them.

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    I use Dawn dishwashing soap!

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    I too, use Dawn (clear)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDowning View Post
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    Well that's way too easy.

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    Wheel cleaner works well too.

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    I use Dawn for a quick clean.
    Then normally throw them in with towels and the like.
    Then a short cycle with some vinegar.

    Air dry.

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    I toss mine in the washer with towels and rags, air dry.

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    The foam pads can go in the washer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    The foam pads can go in the washer?
    That is where mine get cleaned really well.
    For the quick clean while I am detailing a car....I use Dawn.

    Otherwise, I throw them in the washer with detergent. Then a short cycle with vinegar.

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    I use Snappy Clean Pad

    WARNING: Never clean foam pads or soak foam pads in dishwashing soap (Dawn) or laundry detergents. These detergents will attack the glue that holds the Hook and Loop backing material. Soak pads in a car wash shampoo or use Snappy Clean Pad Cleaning Powder.

    I use the above pad cleaner from ProperAutocare.com

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    ^^ Good to know as I do have the hook and loop backing on mine. The pads are certainly not cheap and it would be nice to get some use out of them.

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    Nonsense. That's an old wives tale. I've been using the same pads since 05. Wash either in a bucket with Dawn/Palmolive or in the wash with the microfibers and Woolite. No problems with the velcro or the glue.

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    I use the snappy pad cleaner in a bucket, then put them in the washer for thorough rinsing, then put them in the dryer. Keep in mind, i have to clean mine on a daily basis. So i'm sure less frequent uses could be upkept with your home remedies.

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