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    Video: How to clean your pad on the fly

    Video: How to clean your pad on the fly


    Here's a technique I've been showing for years on how to clean your pad quickly so you can get back to buffing out your car.

    How to clean your pad on the fly
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuyrBrqz_YU&hd=1]How To Clean Your Pad On The Fly - YouTube[/video]



    The above technique works with any of the below DA Polishers,

    Porter Cable DA Polisher
    Meguiar's DA Polisher
    Griot's Garage DA Polisher
    Shurhold DA Polisher
    HD Polisher
    DAS Polisher


    Here you can see spent product and removed paint transferred onto terry cloth towel




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    Re: Video: How to clean your pad on the fly

    Hi Mike, I´ve used this technique a few times on my DAS PRO (same as Griots) and it works great except for one occassion when the terry cloth towel got tangled and stuck around the spindle of the polisher. I think it´s important to use a large towel so that the edges don´t get tangled and caught in the spindle. I even apply more pressure to the pad so as to keep the rotating action to a minimum, hence less chance that edges of the towel get caught around the rotating spindle.

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    Re: Video: How to clean your pad on the fly

    does it work with mf pads too?

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    Re: Video: How to clean your pad on the fly

    Quote Originally Posted by 604_Snooze View Post
    does it work with mf pads too?

    Kind of but not really.

    What works best for a microfiber pad is a nylon brush and DON"T turn the machine on, just brace the back of the backing plate with your hand so the pad wont' spin and then brush the fibers clean.

    Everyone always says,

    "Use compressed air"


    As in an air squirter on a air hose hooked up to an air compressor. Problem with that advice is a lot of people don't have an air compressor.


    If you're into detailing for the long run, get a Pad Conditioning Brush, they last forever and they work really well, better than a toothbrush.


    I usually show them during our Live Broadcasts on Thursday nights...


    Pad Conditioning Brush


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    Re: Video: How to clean your pad on the fly

    Hi Mike,
    First thanks for the great video!

    Regarding the mf question:

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    What works best for a microfiber pad is a nylon brush...
    What about the advice of cleaning the mf pad with a bug sponge? I remember reading about it here but couldn't find it now..

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    Re: Video: How to clean your pad on the fly

    Quote Originally Posted by Mc'lovin View Post
    Hi Mike,
    First thanks for the great video!

    Regarding the mf question:



    What about the advice of cleaning the mf pad with a bug sponge? I remember reading about it here but couldn't find it now..
    That works pretty good to and I show that in my how-to book along with about half a dozen ways to clean all pads...











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    Re: Video: How to clean your pad on the fly

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    That works pretty good to and I show that in my how-to book
    Thanks for pointing that out. Just to note - your book was included in my first order ever, you can find prove of that here:
    http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...tures-182.html

    I guess I just didn't get to that part yet

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    Re: Video: How to clean your pad on the fly

    That seems like a pretty high speed on the DA polisher in the video, what speed setting did you have it on? I think that may have been my problem last time I tried this.

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    Re: Video: How to clean your pad on the fly

    Quote Originally Posted by KillaCam View Post
    That seems like a pretty high speed on the DA polisher in the video, what speed setting did you have it on? I think that may have been my problem last time I tried this.

    You want it on the high speed setting as it helps to get the pad clean. PLUS, the entire idea behind the words "on the fly" is that you're doing this QUICKLY so you can get back to work. It already takes a long time to buff out a car you don't want procedures that take a lot of time.

    You need to clean your pads the MOST when you're doing the correction step right? That means you're on the high speed setting. Right?

    So you turn your polisher off, grab a clean towel, using your hand place the towel over the pad and then turn the polisher on at the same high speed setting you're dong your correction work.

    Taking a moment to turn your polisher speed down and then having to turn the speed back up to do the actual polishing step would be two steps and wear out your dial.

    Don't make things more complicated than they have to be. Cleaning your pad on the fly is a very simple, fast way to get most of the gunk off the face of a pad. It's not perfect method it's a fast method.


    More info here in the original article on this forum on this topic.


    How to clean your foam pad on the fly



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    Re: Video: How to clean your pad on the fly

    Thanks Mike! You explained it perfectly now, can't wait to try this out.

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