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    Foam pad life expectancy

    What is the average life expectancy of foam buffing pads. I have many LC and Hex Logic pads. I wash w APC, spin dry (w buffer) and let dry upside down always after each use. They don't seem to be losing effectiveness but I've had some of these pads for years... like 6-7.

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    Re: Foam pad life expectancy

    It really depends on how they are used.

    If you overuse them once they start to get saturated you could destroy a pad in a single use. OTOH, if you use some common sense and change your pad before they get to the saturation point they will last a long, long time.

    Properly used, cleaned, and stored, they will last almost indefinitely. Not forever, but a long time.

    If the foam isn't deteriorated, the velcro is still intact, and the pad feels generally ok - Polish on!

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    Re: Foam pad life expectancy

    Store the pads in room temperature. I stored mine in a hot garage and they got totally trashed. That was an expensive lesson. I haven't fully replaced them all yet
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Foam pad life expectancy

    I have several that are 5 years old, one of the benefits of using multiple pads per session is that you don’t overheat/ abuse them which is the #1 enemy to pad life

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    Re: Foam pad life expectancy

    7 years is a lot to ask out of a pad. If it were me, before you start your next detail order some new pads in the color you are planning to use.

    Check to see if the velcro is firmly attached to the foam pad. This is where I see most failures.

    At 5+ years, I start to see the foam deteriorate where the velcro is attached.

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    Re: Foam pad life expectancy

    Quote Originally Posted by 2black1s View Post
    It really depends on how they are used.

    If you overuse them once they start to get saturated you could destroy a pad in a single use. OTOH, if you use some common sense and change your pad before they get to the saturation point they will last a long, long time.

    Properly used, cleaned, and stored, they will last almost indefinitely. Not forever, but a long time.

    If the foam isn't deteriorated, the velcro is still intact, and the pad feels generally ok - Polish on!
    ^^^This^^^

    I have used 20 pads on my full-sized truck. Is that overkill? Yeah, it probably is. Could I have used 10 and produced the same result? Sure.

    But..... Each of those 20 pads were barely dirty, hardly got warm, and were a breeze to clean. Therefore, they will last a very, very long time.

    Am I saying everyone should use 20 pads? Of course not. But using a few more pads than you think you may need is way better than overworking too few pads.
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    Re: Foam pad life expectancy

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post
    ^^^This^^^

    I have used 20 pads on my full-sized truck. Is that overkill? Yeah, it probably is. Could I have used 10 and produced the same result? Sure.

    But..... Each of those 20 pads were barely dirty, hardly got warm, and were a breeze to clean. Therefore, they will last a very, very long time.

    Am I saying everyone should use 20 pads? Of course not. But using a few more pads than you think you may need is way better than overworking too few pads.
    Your anal!

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