In terms of cutting power, users of rotary polishers have always had an advantage over users of dual action polishers, not least because rotary polishers allow wool pads to be used successfully (it is a well established fact that natural wool fibres offer up to 30% more cut compared to polyurethane foams). Whereas rotary polishers have no difficulty in rotating full-sized wool pads, the same cannot be said for the majority of dual action polishers, which typically lack the power to do so. However, the team at Lake Country have now addressed this issue by creating ultra low profile versions of their famed rotary-specific foamed wool pads. These new pads are just 10 mm thick, meaning their rotational mass is no greater than that of a typical foam pad, and that standard dual action machines can run them with ease. This is ground breaking news, as it means that users of dual action machines can now switch to wool when the need arises, and obtain a level of cut that was hitherto impossible to achieve. Furthermore, because these pads are made out of foamed wool, dual action users will also benefit from the numerous other advantages this cutting edge material offers, e.g. superior finishing down, little or no linting, reduced residue retention and greater durability.
Lake Country produce a wide range of wool pads for automotive applications, but the type that really stand out for detailing purposes are the foamed wool designs, which are now available in an ultra low profile format for use with dual action polishers. Foamed wool is a brand new patented nanofoam concept that takes pre-washed lambswool fibres and encapsulates the base of them with microscopic polyfoam particles. This results in a pad that cuts aggressively like natural sheepskin but finishes down without hazing, i.e. like a foam cutting pad. Further benefits of this design include: (i) superior uniformity, as the manufacturing process ensures that any variance in the raw lambswool is eliminated during the coating process; (ii) superior cushioning and retention of product, due to the creation of micro air pockets at the base of the fibres during the manufacturing process; (iii) significantly reduced linting, because the lambswool fibres are locked into the pad by the polyfoam coating, and; (iv) greater resistance to caking and matting, which means the pads last longer. Lake Country Foamed Wool Pads represent the pinnacle of wool pad technology at the current time.
General usage notes: (i) always select the least aggressive pad you think you will need to achieve the desired result, and step up one grade at a time if more cut is required (ii) always ensure that you centre each pad properly on the backing plate (this can take several attempts to get right, but is vital if the machine is to remain perfectly balanced during use); (iii) always use an appropriate sized pad for the backing plate you are using (the pad should always protrude past the edge of the backing plate, never the other way around); (iv) always ensure that excess polish residue on the face of the pad is brushed off regularly during use using a PB Utility Brush (failure to follow this advice can lead to micromarring of the finish, so don't be lazy!); (v) after use, soak each pad in a bucket of Lake Country Snappy Pad Cleaner solution for 15 minutes and then rinse under fresh running water (using your fingertips to massage out any remaining polish residue) and allow to dry naturally, and; (vi) while not in use, store in a dry, dust-free environment (lidded plastic storage boxes are ideal in this respect).
|Construction:||Foamed lambswool |
|Dimensions:||(80 mm) ø 80 mm x 10 mm|
(140 mm) ø 140 mm x 10 mm
|Recommended backing plate size:||(80 mm) ø 70 mm - 75 mm|
(140 mm) ø 115 mm - 125 mm
|Suitable for dual action polishers:|
|Suitable for rotary polishers:|
|Suitable for soft paints:|
|Suitable for intermediate paints:|
|Suitable for hard paints:|