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What makes your buffing pads different from the competitors?
First of all, take a close look at our wool pads. Notice how cleanly the inner cup is cut, no jagged edges. Feel the material inside the back, how sturdy and strong feeling it is, not shoddy in appearance nor does the material have gaps in it. Our Velcro is strong and secured tightly to the pad; we design it that way to protect it from coming off during use or during washing. We use only the highest quality yarns and synthetics when we build our wool and blended wool pads. The same quality control guidelines that go into making of our wool pads apply to our foam pads as well. Our foam pads are made to be consistent, no variations from one to the other. You expect top quality from our products; we expect top quality from ourselves and have been doing so for 20 years. Ultimately, you benefit from these features without us having to tell you, our pads will make your work better. Lastly, place our pad next to any other manufacturer’s buffing pad and compare. You be the judge.

Why is a hook & loop system the best way to buff?
It’s the most convenient and economical attachment system on the market today. With a hook & loop system you can change from one pad to another in seconds; coupled with our patented CENTER TEE SYSTEM you can change and center the pad quickly. The reusable hook & loop backing plate is the most widely used method for attaching buffing pads. The backing plate to buffing pad hook & loop system allows you to work closer to the buffing surface than any other method, thus a smoother buff and better results.

Swirl marks, what causes swirl marks?

There are many factors that can cause swirl. Some of the most common are: excessive heat from higher RPMs, dirty pads, too aggressive pads or chemical compounds. Improper buffing techniques such as: buffing too much on edge, buffing too big an area, and cross contamination of buffing pads (i.e. mixing compounds with polish or finishing pads).

Foam vs. Wool, What is better?

First of all, this depends on the condition of the paint. General rule: use wool for buffing color sanded or oxidized paint and foam for finishing. Wool requires more buffing skill to obtain optimum results. Foam can be more forgiving and easier for the novice. Depending on the application, you may need both wool and foam to achieve desired results.


Why the double sided pads?

Double sided pads have an inner plastic plate to which wool is attached during manufacturing. This process enhances flexibility in maneuvering around automobile panels with style and detail lines. However, the double sided pad is dated, having been around for over 25 years. Double sided pads are not as popular today, due to more modern buffing systems. Furthermore, they are less cost effective than the hook & loop system. The hook and loop back plate is reusable; we all know the buffing pad is disposed of when worn out. A single sided pad doesn’t contain a plastic plate or any metal, most double sided pads do. Unlike the above hook and loop back plate, the double sided materials aren’t recycled, they’re thrown away. This feature adds to the several reasons why the hook& loop is the most popular system. Why pay more for the same results? Why throw non-biodegradable items away if you don’t have to? Don’t get me wrong, we make a full line of the best double sides available, we just want to point out few facts about them.

Black paint, what pad should I use?

The question should be,” What pad do I finish with?” Not all black paints are created equal, but they all share the distinction of being more troublesome to finish. Don’t create the damage by putting too much into the first step. Test buff with the mildest product, whether buffing pad or polish, and work your way up to achieve the best results. Finish with foam using low RPMs on a high speed or random orbit buffer.

What polish do you recommend?

We don’t recommend any one polish; there are many excellent polishes available through wholesale professional manufacturers. Ask your favorite polish supplier what compound, polish or glaze they recommend, then plug in one of our products using the above black paint protocol as a guide. If you have a question or two regarding this, contact us through: techhelp@buffandshine.com

What safety equipment should I wear?

Safety glasses are a must, a good apron is helpful and non-skid boots or shoes.

Where can I buy your products?

We can refer you to our worldwide network of distributors, just call or email our customer service line and they will refer you. However, if you are a qualified resale distributor, then we welcome you to call 800 659 2833 or email us at sales@buffandshine.com

Do you have a buffing chart?

We have a grade chart for various wools and foams and a pad application chart.

Do you have a tech line?

You bet, 800 770 6033 or email techhelp@buffandshine.com


WOOL PADS

When do I buff with wool?

When the condition of the paint is badly damaged by oxidation or color sanding. After fresh paint has cured too long and consequently is too hard to buff with just foam.

Blended wool pads, how good are they?

Very good in terms of durability, they’re washable and produce less swirl. Not as aggressive as 100% wool.

Why are yarns in some of your pads twisted and others aren’t?

Twisting the yarn makes the fibers more aggressive and reduces lint fly off. Single ply pads are much less aggressive and work well for polishing and finishing.

Any advantage to bolt on pads?

They center up true, have a more flexible backing plate and can be used on high-speed grinders in the industrial market. However, it takes time to disengage them, unlike the Velcro backing plate system. With the increased time to disconnect the bolt on pad, many users will continue to operate with the same pad when they should be changing it to a clean or more appropriate pad.

What’s the blue wool pad used for?

Generally cutting, it’s the same as 100% twisted white wool, only its dyed blue. The process makes the blue pad a unique package that performs like a light compounding/polishing pad.

What RPM do I use when buffing with wool?

Higher when cutting, up to 2400 RPMs with wool. Lower when finishing, down to 1200 RPMs.

How do you wash a wool pad?

Blended wools are better for washing. 100% wool pads shrink, just like your wool shirt would if you washed it. Use mild soap, cool water and a low agitation washing machine. If you wash any pad, air-dry it only, never put in a dryer.


FOAM PADS

Can I cut with foam?

Yes, not as aggressive as wool but in many cases better since foam leaves minimal swirl.

Why the different foam colors?

Each color designates a different grade, from coarse to fine. Grades are measured by pores per inch. Higher PPI pads are considered finishing pads, while lower PPI pads are more aggressive. See our application chart for more details.

When do I use foam?

Generally on any paint when aggressive buffing is not required. On fresh or cured paint when finishing a job or doing a one step process on good clear coat.

Can you use foam pads on fiberglass?

You can, but fiberglass generally requires a more aggressive pad, like wool. Some of our blended finishing wools work excellent on fiberglass.

What RPM do I use?

Slower when finishing with foam, down to 1200 RPMs. The range is between 1200-1750RPM.

How do I wash a foam pad?

Immerse the foam pad in a bucket of warm water and car soap. Work the pad by gently wringing it, then rinse it with clean water. Allow to air dry.

HIGH SPEED AND ORBITAL BUFFERS

There are different buffers in use, what are they?

High Speed Buffer

There are several types of buffers popular today with the professional detailer. The first is the rotary high-speed buffer. Ranging from below 1000 RPMs to 3000 RPMs, most have a variable trigger device in order to regulate speed. This is the most popular machine of any shop, but care must be taken in order to prevent too much friction and “burn “ the paint. This machine requires skill to operate, but once the operator becomes proficient, it is a very effective and time saving tool. The most common attachment for this machine is the hook & loop backing plate, this accommodates our grip buffing pads. Secondary attachment system is the old style connection device: the bolt on rubber plate.


Random Orbit Buffer

The next machine used in the reconditioning process is the random orbital machine. RPM ranges vary, but this machine creates a movement like a planet on a lopsided orbit. The movement does not build up as much heat like a rotary buffer so it’s safe in the hands of a beginner. However, it can’t replace the high-speed buffer because it can’t cut as aggressively. Random orbitals are commonly used with smaller foam pads during the finishing stage.

Larger Random Orbit Buffer

These are larger units held with two hands. Commonly used for applying wax and then removing it. To some extent they can cut because of their weight. They use terry cloth or micro fiber bonnets placed over the machine’s soft drive pad. Safe to use.

Do you endorse any particular high-speed buffer?

I would recommend a high speed machine with both dial and trigger mechanisms with speeds up to at least 2400 RPMs.

Can a random orbit machine cut?

Up to a point it can. You can control the aggressiveness of the cut by using various grade compounds. However, random orbit machines have their limitations in terms of cutting ability, when more cut is required switch to a high-speed buffer.

When do I use a random orbit machine?

When the paint is in good condition or as a final wax on/wax off scenario.

EUROPEAN FOAM PAD LINE

I’ve heard of the European foam, what is it?

There are differences between our foam and European foam. Detailing is quite popular here; we need bigger pads to cover bigger jobs. Detailing is a smaller yet growing industry in Europe where buffing is mostly confined to body shops. Europeans generally work on small panels and smaller cars; their work requires smaller pads. Their cutting foams can be aggressive enough to pull color sand scratches, working well when paint is fresh, but cured paint can be another matter. In short, small European foams are generally more expensive and not very flexible over large areas.

What is the white foam for?

Generally for finishing, it is firm to the touch, firmer than American foams.

What is the orange foam for?

Generally for cutting


BOTTLE BOOT

What is the bottle boot?

The bottle boot is a holder with a non-scratch magnetic bottom. Place a polish or compound applicator bottle inside the bottle boot and you can take your product with you as you buff a car. No more leaving the applicator behind, dropping or running over it. As a result of having a magnetic bottom, the boot will stick to any magnetic surface; you can even put it on the side of a car door. The boot has a soft rubber bottom designed not to scratch paint.

MICRO FIBER

What is micro fiber?

Micro fiber is a processed material that literally expands the capacity of the material to pick up small particles like dust, dried polish or wax. Micro fiber is most commonly used in wiping dried wax off car paint and glass cleaning. The micro fiber material picks up dried wax and wax dust effortlessly. You can wash micro fiber in much the same way you wash anything else. I would use warm water in the washer and then throw them in the dryer under low heat. Don’t mix them with other fabrics, wash alone. Micro fiber is an improvement over cotton wiping cloths because of its softness and superior ability to pick up. This leads to less scratching. However, care must be taken not to drop the cloth on the ground, you never know what you might pick up.

STEEL WOOL

Why is yours better?

We have taken care to research this product with various manufacturers. We believe we have found a steel wool that has both consistency in grade and just the right amount of oils to minimize rusting. We have a wide range of grades in both reels and multi packs. From 0 to 0000 grade.

Can steel wool cause damage if I am not careful?

Yes, for obvious reasons you don’t want to rub steel wool on sensitive surfaces like paint and treated side view mirrors. There are other sensitive materials not listed here that you should avoid, so take a common sense approach and let the product work for you.


WASH MITTS & WASH PADS

How many grades do you have?

We have three at this time. The first is our economical gold, made of blended materials that will last a long time without matting. The second has been our standard for years, with excellent water retention and plush materials to wash and clean at the same time. The third is a heavy-duty wash mitt/pad designed to hold volumes of water because of its extra thick composition. The standard and heavy-duty products come in styles with cuff, without cuff and pads.

Why are yours better?

We are located in the car wash capital of the world. We have to be better to survive the scrutiny of our customers. They are what made our wash mitts the best mitts you can buy today.

APPLICATOR PADS

Why do you have so many different types?

That’s because customers have different opinions on their likes and dislikes when it comes to wax applicators. There are no other answers, we try to listen and then come up with solutions. We have a wide range of choices in applicators, from harder inner foams to different covers like micro fiber.

What do I use for applying wax?

Either one of our wax applicators or one of our random orbital foam pads attached to a random orbit machine.

What do I use to apply tire dressing?

We make a foam tire dressing applicator and also a multi-purpose applicator. The latter being made of materials resistant to shredding; it is used for both wax application and tire dressing application.

BUG SCRUBBERS

Do you have bug sponges?

Yes, we have both small and larger netted bug sponges in stock.

What is the bug block?

The bug block is an amazing foam cube that saves time in removing bug debris from car paint, chrome and glass. At first sight the block appears coarse, however, once you dip it in soap and water, it becomes soft and pliable. It removes bug splatter safely and instantly.

DETAILING ACCESSORIES

Do you have other accessories?

We are constantly building our accessory line. It is a slow process due to the fact we will only sell accessories that are at the top in terms of quality. We have other items such synthetic drying cloths, car wash towels, cleaning sponges, pad spurs, aprons and polishing diapers. We also have a specialty felt buff kit complete with various “bob” shapes mounted on a drill shank.

PRIVATE LABEL

With our advanced printing machines, we have the capability of producing high quality one and two color private labels. Promote your company and create your own business identity. Besides buffing pads we can even private label our aprons and backing plates. This is part of what we mean when we say “Beyond Buffing”

Do you have a question that’s not here?

Contact us at info@buffandshine.com or call customer service at 800 659 2833

International calls dial 310 886 5111

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