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Old 02-27-2007, 10:42 AM   #1
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Polishing tip found accidentally

Tired or replacing those terry cloth pads so often? I searched and couldn't find it posted before, but I stumbled on this by accident. If you are using terry cloth pads on a random orbital buffer they seem to fill up pretty quickly. To clean them, simply place an old terry cloth towel on a flat surface and run the buffer for a few seconds on this and it cleans it fast! Also it keeps them from wearing through if you happen to use them too long! I normally get a couple hours use out of a pad before changing them and at the end of the day I throw all the pads and the old towel all in the washer and they are ready for next time I am in the mood to attack another section.

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Old 02-27-2007, 02:27 PM   #2
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Got any pics of your progress?

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Old 02-27-2007, 09:33 PM   #3
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One gentleman I met used a kind of rake on a roller. It was hand held and he would roll it back and forth for a minute or two on the terry with it still on the buffer. No the buffer was not operating. The rake/roller loosened the residue and fluffed the terry up. I asked where one would get this and he wasn't too clear with me. It may have been a tool for another application.

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Old 02-27-2007, 10:36 PM   #4
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I got my rake as you have described for cleaning my pads for a birthday present many years ago. It came from Eastwood products and it works really well. I don't think it cost much money.

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Old 02-27-2007, 11:55 PM   #5
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I use the end of a screwdriver, with the buffer on slow speed. Just make sure you point it the right way, you don't want it to dig in.
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Old 02-28-2007, 01:26 PM   #6
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The screwdriver works well on the regular buffer, if you don't have one of the rakes. That's what I use on the regular buffer with the wool and cotton wheels.

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Old 03-01-2007, 10:03 AM   #7
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Follow up with pics,

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Old 03-01-2007, 10:33 AM   #8
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Another tip if the surface is corroded like mine was. Instead of buffing your heart out for hours, get some wetsand sandpaper (depends on how bad the corrosion is) and use anywhere from 600 grit to 2400 grit. Remember, the smaller the grit the more likely it is to scratch as well. I could sand a panel in about 15 minutes or less and have it ready to rouge and shine with the buffer. It also takes off the clearcoat if you don't want to strip and do a little more sanding.. It can be done with an air sander if you want (don't try with electric. Water and electricity don't mix too well.) Test a section first and see how you like the process.

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