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      05-25-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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Opinions on washing your buffing pads?

Hey guys I was just wondering how you guys wash your buffing pads?

I guess I forgot to wash my white Lake country pad the last time I used it last summer lol so now the pad is really dirty. I didn't have any special cleaners so I improvised. I soaked the pad with some citrus degreaser and then massaged it in to loosen up the polish inside it, then it got really soapy and stuff so I washed it out for a good 20-30 minutes, and then I figured I would put it into the washing machine with normal laundry detergent. After the washing machine, I rinsed it with water for another 10-20 minutes and now I'm letting it air dry... So is the pad good to use or should I just buy a new pad?

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I'm a noob at this but I use a toothbrush to spur the pad when polishing after each panel. I also spray some water on the pad to release more product so it doesn't dry in the pad.

One pad got really dirty. I cleaned with a MF towel on the fly, spurred it with a toothbrush and this helped quite a lot.
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I'm a noob at this but I use a toothbrush to spur the pad when polishing after each panel. I also spray some water on the pad to release more product so it doesn't dry in the pad.

One pad got really dirty. I cleaned with a MF towel on the fly, spurred it with a toothbrush and this helped quite a lot.
Yeah that's what I'm gonna do as soon as I'm done using them. I just bought new pads with some actual pad cleaner lol
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I tend to let mine soak in chemical guys pad cleaner, but I've also soaked them in Dawn or that purple degreaser. Either way, I try to make sure I rinse them really well.
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I tend to let mine soak in chemical guys pad cleaner, but I've also soaked them in Dawn or that purple degreaser. Either way, I try to make sure I rinse them really well.

Same here - CG cleaner; then rinse to an extreme...
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I tend to wash mine under hot water with washing up liquid, using a toothbrush to agitate.
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