With regard to automotive polishing pads, it is a well-established fact that the unique properties of natural wool fibres offer up to 30% more cut compared to polyurethane foams. An additional advantage of natural wool is its ability to drastically reduce the amount of heat generated during the polishing process, due to the heat-absorbing characteristics of wool fibres. However, despite these benefits, many professional detailers continue to avoid wool pads, preferring instead to use normal foam polishing pads. Research conducted by SCHOLL Concepts shows that, although many detailers welcome the high cutting performance of natural fibre pads, for reasons of usability, they prefer to work with foam pads, mainly because it is much easier to work with a highly flexible foam pad on uneven and highly curved surfaces. Based on these findings, SCHOLL Concepts have redesigned their wool pads to incorporate a thin layer of foam between the natural wool fibres and the hook and loop backing disc. The result is their SOFTouch TopWool Pads, which cut like traditional wool pads yet handle like normal foam pads.
SCHOLL Concepts SOFTouch TopWool Pads feature an innovative sandwich-style construction that combines the advantages of natural wool with those of a foam pad. This is achieved via the inclusion of an interfacing layer of soft thermally reticulated foam, which affords greater flexibility and pressure control. The result is a hybrid pad design that offers the high cutting performance of a traditional lambswool pad and the ease of use of a normal foam pad. SCHOLL Concepts SOFTouch TopWool Pads are therefore ideal for professional detailers seeking maximum cutting performance and optimum handling when working with SCHOLL Concepts compounds and one-step polishes on intermediate and hard paint types. Efficiency is improved because natural wool fibres eliminate sanding marks and deep scratches up to 30% faster then normal foam polishing pads, while safety is also improved because wool naturally absorbs much of the heat generated during the polishing process, thus reducing the risk of overheating or burning the paint. Three sizes of SCHOLL Concepts SOFTouch TopWool 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) whilst not in use, store in a dry, dust-free environment (lidded plastic storage boxes are ideal in this respect).
|Construction:||Natural wool and polyurethane foam|
|Dimensions:||(85 mm) ø 85 mm x 25 mm|
(135 mm) ø 135 mm x 25 mm
(165 mm) ø 165 mm x 25 mm
|Recommended backing plate size:||(85 mm) ø 70 mm|
(135 mm) ø 125 mm
(165 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:|