Monthly Archives: August 2011

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

Posted in Interface Pads | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Buffing Pads | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Buffing Pads | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Ramblings, Rotary Buffer | Leave a comment

The Soul of a Race Car.

Yesterday, I attended the Historic Races at Laguna Seca Raceway.  What a hoot!  I was able to see the Can-Am cars run through the gears at 8/10th’s or 9/10th’s speed, which was something I had not seen before. The winning … Continue reading

Posted in Meguiar's | Leave a comment

KBM – The Kevin Brown Method – How It All Began.

Far be it for me to name a “method” after myself.  I suppose it would be okay, but I didn’t do it!  In fact, the designation Kevin Brown Method (or simply KBM) eventually grew to encompass three different methods; a procedure designed to … Continue reading

Posted in Kevin Brown Method | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Backing Plates | 3 Comments