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    Center cooling hole in foam pads

    Is it worth punching a hole in the center of pads that don't have them (obviously with a proper punch)? Pros/cons?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Center cooling hole in foam pads

    Only if you're having issues with centering your pads to your backing plate.

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    Re: Center cooling hole in foam pads

    I was asking more for the cooling benefits (if there really is any) of the hole, then the centering...
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    Re: Center cooling hole in foam pads

    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    I was asking more for the cooling benefits (if there really is any) of the hole, then the centering...
    A vented backing plate would help with keep the pads a little cooler. You want to change your pads often too, so you don't over heat them and damage them.

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    Re: Center cooling hole in foam pads

    Thanks Bobby B. The G9 I just got came with a vented back plate, so I should be good if I watch the heat and don't over work them?
    I bought 4 of each pad to start, I know not quite enough, but hopefully fine if I'm careful...
    I do have 1/2-1" variety sizes of foam punches as well, so thought I'd ask...
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    Re: Center cooling hole in foam pads

    On the short stroke DA machines such as the Griots, PC, etc its not really necessary.

    It becomes more of an issue with the long stroke machines. Yes you can run pads without the center hole on the long stroke machines but it does build up more heat and you should be mindful of that.

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    Re: Center cooling hole in foam pads

    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    Thanks Bobby B. The G9 I just got came with a vented back plate, so I should be good if I watch the heat and don't over work them?
    I bought 4 of each pad to start, I know not quite enough, but hopefully fine if I'm careful...
    I do have 1/2-1" variety sizes of foam punches as well, so thought I'd ask...
    Awesome! The new G9 is a great polisher and the vented backing plate will help with cooling the pads down during use. 4pcs of each pad is a great start. Just be sure to change them out about every quarter section of the vehicle. When you're done using them clean them really good with a Citrus Pad Cleaner and let them air dry.

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    Re: Center cooling hole in foam pads

    Thanks. Been reading about people getting 'dimples' in their pads etc, but most sound like over-working them. I'm good at over-analyzing stuff at times and worrying too much
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    Re: Center cooling hole in foam pads

    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    I'm good at over-analyzing stuff at times and worrying too much
    Me too. But in my opinion, this is not necessarily a bad thing..........
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    Re: Center cooling hole in foam pads

    Honestly it’s a great idea. I change pads so often this is a non-issue. If I only had a few pads and had to work fast, I would strongly consider doing it.
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