Meguiars recently updated their machine polishing pad range, building in new design features and high-tech materials. All of the Meguiars 180 mm Soft Buff Pads now feature a rear recess to facilitate easy backing plate centering; this reduces unwanted vibrations and chatter when using the pads at higher machine speeds. Furthermore, this recess is lined with a high-tech laminate fastening material. Compared to traditional hook and loop backings, this ultra-fine material offers greater durability and can also be safely machine washed with no fear of delamination occurring. However, on a negative note, this material may not work properly with non-Meguiars backing plates (pad overheating may occur), although this is a small price to pay for the excellent quality and performance benefits on offer.
Meguiars 180 mm Soft Buff Pads are manufactured using ultra high quality foams, and have been specifically designed for compounding, polishing and finishing all forms of modern paint systems. The firm pre-polymer compounding foam used for the cutting cut pad is non-reticulated, and thus offers a high degree of mechanical cut, while the remaining pads all utilise softer thermally reticulated foams with an open cell structure, which allows air to circulate through the pads and thus reduce heat build-up caused by friction. Equally suitable for use with rotary and dual action polishers, all of the Meguiars 180 mm Soft Buff Pads feature a high-tech laminate fastening material. This provides far greater durability than traditional hook and loop backings, and allows safe machine washing. Three different grades of pad are currently available.
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) whilst not in use, store in a dry, dust-free environment (lidded plastic storage boxes are ideal in this respect).
|Construction:||Flexible polyurethane foam|
|Dimensions:||ø 180 mm x 32 mm|
|Recommended backing plate size:||ø 150 mm|
|Suitable for dual action polishers:|
|Suitable for rotary polishers:|
|Suitable for soft paints:|
|Suitable for intermediate paints:|
|Suitable for hard paints:|