Category Archives: Tools of the Trade

Buffing Pad Diameter is SO Important

The Importance of Buffing Pad Diameter. When it comes to polishing paint, buffing pads are as critical to polishing performance as tires are to over-the-road transportation vehicles. Choosing the ideal buffing pad can be frustrating, as there are a multitude … Continue reading

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The Makings Of A Better Random Orbital.

Detailers and paint polishing guys are dropping fat cash on machines these days.  How much? Spending upwards of $400 these days on a technologically advanced rotary polisher is not uncommon.  Case in point; the Festool Shinex RAP 150 FE Rotary … Continue reading

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Meguiar’s DA Microfiber Discs Are Dee-licious!

“Ice cold milk and an Oreo Cookie…” Oh, hi there!  Didn’t hear you come in.  I was just eyeballing a pair of these incredible Meguiar’s DA Microfiber Discs.  Did you realize that if placed face to face, a pair of 3″ Finishing … Continue reading

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The Rotary Buffer. Nostalgic? Perhaps. Obsolete? Apparently Not!

As of late, there have been substantial advances in the world of paint polishing.  Discussions pertaining to compounds, polishes and pads (and the methods used to polish automotive paint) riddle the various detailing forums on the Web.  It is an exciting … Continue reading

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Buffing Pads.

Ah, the buffing pad.  So many variations, so many uses.  Comparatively, they are the equivalent of sockets in the hand tool realm.  A mechanic may only own a handful of ratchets, but will typically line his tool chest with dozens, … Continue reading

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Put Some Spring Into That Step… With An Interface Pad.

When machine sanding, an interface pad is placed between the sanding disc and backing plate.  Its job is to allow the sanding disc to flex, so that it can contour to curved or oddly shaped surfaces.  Of course, if a … Continue reading

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More About Pad Diameter.

Pad tangential speed aka edge speed aka linear speed. Imagine you are standing on the platform of a merry-go-round, and it is rotating at the rate of one revolution per minute (1 RPM).  If you are standing at the center … Continue reading

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How Pad Diameter Affects Polishing Performance.

How much difference does the diameter of a buffing pad make in regards to polishing performance?  It may be a lot more than you realize. First, lets consider surface area. If we compare a 3-inch diameter pad to a 4-inch diameter pad, there’s only a one inch difference between the … Continue reading

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Billy’s One-Wheeled Canyon-Running Machine.

As Billy entered the zone, his concentration was paramount. The valley he planned to traverse while operating his one-wheeled machine was treacherous. One false move, and its effects would be irreversible. The intimidating machine partially masked Billy’s vision as it … Continue reading

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Want High Performance Polishing? Choose the Correct Backing Plate.

When we polish automotive paint via machine, the buffing pad and compound we use plays a large part in determining polishing performance .  Of course, the machine’s speed setting, user applied pressure, and the type of machine we are using … Continue reading

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