What makes a great finishing pad? You would be forgiven for thinking that the answer is simply one that is able to burnish all finishing polishes to perfection. However, in reality this isn't easy to achieve, as the nature of both the abrasives and lubricants used in finishing polishes varies a lot between brands, and you also have to factor in the differences between paint types too. Thus, it's always important to firstly consider the nature of the paint you're working on (i.e. how hard it is, and how easy it is to finish down on), then secondly choose an appropriate finishing polish for it, and then finally choose a finishing pad that will work well with both. In our experience, relatively dense closed cell finishing pads tend to work optimally with oily finishing polishes, as they soak up relatively little product and thus don't become soggy and prone to causing hologramming. In contrast, ultra-soft open cell finishing pads tend to work best with drier finishing polishes, as they generate less friction and thus glide more easily over the paint when only lightly lubricated. The SCHOLL Concepts SOFTouch Waffle Pad falls into this latter category.