Although it's a well established fact that natural wool pads offer up to 30% more cut compared to their polyurethane-based counterparts, and that they generate significantly less frictional heat during the polishing process, many professional detailers continue to avoid them, preferring to use foam pads instead. Research conducted by SCHOLL Concepts shows that many detailers, although well aware of the high cutting performance of wool, prefer to work with foam pads mainly because they are easier to handle and less messy to work with. Furthermore, the industry-wide switch from rotary tools to long throw dual action polishers has reinforced this behaviour, as wool pads rarely work well on dual action machines. However, there's still no disputing that many professional detailers would welcome foam pads with the cutting power and cool-running characteristics of wool, and this is exactly what SCHOLL Concepts Sandwich Spider Pads are designed to do. Thanks to an innovative dual-layer construction and the use of an extremely porous cutting foam, these pads enable polishing to be performed at higher speeds and with greater pressure without excessive heat generation, even when using traditional rotary tools. The net effect is an extreme cutting action with fewer associated risks to manage, which is always welcome news when detailing professionally.
SCHOLL Concepts Sandwich Spider Pads feature an innovative dual layer construction that enables them to behave like natural wool pads. The facing material comprises a coarse open celled foam and features a cross-cut design that increases its effective surface area. Compared to conventional foam pads, this calibrated surface holds a greater quantity of polishing product where it is needed most, i.e. at the interface between the pad and the paint surface. The net result is an enhanced cutting action, and improved polishing efficiency. Furthermore, the highly porous nature of this facing foam allows air to circulate more freely through the pads and thus disperse frictional heat more rapidly, which in turn allows higher machine speeds to be used. SCHOLL Concepts Sandwich Spider Pads also enable more pressure to be safely applied during the polishing process. This is achieved via the inclusion of a thick interfacing layer of a harder non-reticulated foam, which acts as a safety barrier between the backing plate and the surface being polished. The net result is a foam pad design that offers an extreme level of cutting performance in a safe and easy to use format. Three sizes of SCHOLL Concepts Sandwich Spider Pads 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) while not in use, store in a dry, dust-free environment (lidded plastic storage boxes are ideal in this respect).
|Construction:||Flexible polyurethane foam (layered)|
|Dimensions:||ø 90 mm x 25 mm|
ø 140 mm x 25 mm
ø 170 mm x 25 mm
|Recommended backing plate size:||(90 mm) ø 70 mm - 75 mm|
(140 mm) ø 125 mm
(170 mm) ø 150 mm
|Suitable for dual action polishers:|
|Suitable for rotary polishers:|
|Suitable for soft paints:|
|Suitable for intermediate paints:|
|Suitable for hard paints:|