Uro-Cell Foam Pads

The detailing world has been all a-buzz about "euro" foam pads, and rightly so. 

The foam used is imported from Europe and was specifically designed years ago for use on automotive surfaces.  Its design was driven by the OEM auto manufacturers who demanded highly durable foam pads that can quickly produce great results in the factory's intensive buffing environment where it is common to find dozens of buffing technicians working non-stop every day, all day long to perfect the fresh paint of hundreds of newly manufactured vehicles coming off the assembly line.

Buff and Shine has positioned itself to be at the forefront of euro foam technology with the introduction of two categories of foam pads constructed with the finest available imported European foam.  Buff and Shine's Uro-Cell Foam Pads, are designed for a wide variety of polishers and buffers, including standard dual action and random orbital machines, gear-driven DAs, and rotary (high-speed) polishers.  If you use a long-throw or long-stroke dual action polisher, we suggest you use Buff and Shine's Uro-Tec Foam Pads, which are specifically designed for these machines.  (In fact, we DO NOT recommend using the Uro-Cell pads with long-throw or long-stroke DAs.  If this is the type of machine you prefer, CLICK HERE for information about Uro-Tec pads, which will work great for you!)

Technicians are reporting amazing results with less time using the Uro-Cell Foam Pads with their favorite polishes and compounds.  There is a reason for this.  The Uro-Cell pads use closed-cell foams, which has several benefits.  First, closed-cell foam greatly reduces absorption of chemical, so that the chemical remains in contact with the paint surface much longer.  This yields more efficient buffing and quicker paint correction times.

Another benefit of closed-cell foam is chemical savings.  Because the polishing or compounding chemical does not readily soak up into the foam, less product is required to do the same amount of work.  Less saturation of chemical into the foam pad results in less wasted product!  And buffing technicians find that because the product is not soaking into the pad, the performance of the pad and chemical is consistent for a longer period of time between re-applications of product--that is, it takes longer for the dollop of product to "wear out".

Yet another benefit is that these pads work fantastic with newer water-borne, VOC compliant, or "high water content" detailing chemicals.  The pads bring out the best performance from these products, providing even dispersion across the pad and the vehicle surface.

Since the chemical is not soaked into the pad, the pads are very easy to clean.  Cleaning is as simple as washing with water or you can use your favorite pad-washer, or throw several used pads in a washing machine for safe cleaning. 

Buff and Shine's Uro-Cell Pads come in three grades:  the Blue pad is the most course, the Orange pad is for medium grade polishing, and the Red pad is great for final finishing as well as application of wax or sealant.

  • Blue Uro-Cell Pads--for heavy paint correction.  You will find that using the Blue pad brings out levels of performance of your favorite compound that you have not experienced before.  As mentioned earlier, the closed-cell nature of this pad produces rapid surface cutting, producing consistent results quickly.  (In fact, some technicians are reporting that with "diminishing compounds", the paint surface is sometimes ready for final waxing or sealing after one step!)  Nonetheless, the Blue Uro-Cell pad is great for major paint defect remediation, including scratch reduction and removal of heavy oxidation.  And if you find that the paint still needs a bit of shining up, switch to the Orange Uro-Cell pad and your favorite polish.
  • Orange Uro-Cell Pads--for light paint correction and polishing.  These pads are excellent for removal of minor paint defects like wash scratches, cob-webs, and light swirls.  Or use with your favorite polish or swirl remover for standard polishing to bring out the shine of the paint after heavier compounding.  The pad has excellent shape-retention during polishing, which helps to yield exceptionally consistent results across the polishing session.
  • Red Uro-Cell Pads--for final finishing and wax/sealant application.  These pads are made of dense finishing Euro foam that yields great chemical dispersion for even results.  The pads have low "mechanical" ability, meaning they produce minimal action on the paint.  Thus they are excellent for final finishing using finishing or swirl-removing polish, without worry of adding any swirls or orbital haze.  They are also excellent for applying protective products like wax or sealant to the paint surface once the buffing and polishing steps are done.

By nature of their manufacture, all Uro-Cell foam pads have high tensile strength, which means they are highly resistant to tears and break-down.  You will find that these pads last longer than other pads you might have used.  And, of course, because Buff and Shine's uses only high-performance adhesives, separation of the foam from the backing material is not likely, even with extended use and multiple washings.

One note of caution:  with rotary (high-speed) polishers, you might notice a bit more sling than you are used to with other pads.  Again, this is because the pads are not absorbing product.  The simple solution for this is to start with far less chemical than you normally do.  You will notice that the product-pad combination still gives you increased performance, even though you are using less chemical.  Thus, you are saving money in chemical costs!  It will just take a small adjustment time for you to figure out the proper amount of chemical to use with these pads in order to reduce or eliminate sling.



Application Charts

BUFFING FOAMS

Buffing and polishing your car with foam pads has been around for many years.  Foam pads work allot differently than wool pads as far as cut, feel and performance.  There are many new technological advances in the foam pad industry and I am writing this to help give you more information so you are able to choose the correct foam for your next job.

There are many ways to identify foam pads in the industry.  PPI is a generic way of distinguishing foam, but not the 100% correct way.  Since there are so many ways to measure foam, we are going to start here with the basic.

OPEN CELL and CLOSED CELL

The first and basic thing to understand about foam is whether it is open or closed cell.  Many open cell foams start out as closed cell and are “reticulated” to produce open cell.  “Reticulation” is a process used in processing foam where they take the bun of foam, put in in a concrete and controlled room, fill the room with hydrogen so the foam can absorb it, and then they ignite the foam.  This process causes the membrane or window of the foam to wrap around the branches.  The window/membrane on foam is the transparent thin layer in between the branches.  The branch is what you feel by hand in the foam when you touch it.  If you look at foam under a microscope, you will see the branches and windows.  Foam that has been reticulated is open cell and foam no reticulated is closed cell.

Once you reticulate a foam it may become stronger in its tearing characteristics.  Reticulated or “open cell” foam run much cooler on the surface as compared to closed cell foams.  The reason for this is that with the cells being open, they are allowed to let air pass thru them to dissipate heat.  With this happening, there may be a chance the chemical you are working with may dry faster and possibly dust since the lubricant in it is getting dried with the air passing thru the foam.

 There are Pros and Cons to each of the foams, and each type works differently with all chemicals:

Keep in mind that not all foams work the same way with all chemicals.  In many instances, it can be trial and error.

There are many other ways foams are measured, this is just a starting point so you are able to pick the best foam for your project.

 

APPLICATION CHARTS ARE COARSES TO FINE

US FOAMS
WHITE 45 PPI HEAVY CUT
YELLOW 50 PPI MEDIUM CUT
GREEN 60 PPI POLISHING
BLUE 70 PPI  SOFT POLISHING
BLACK 80 PPI FINISHING
SOFT WHITE 90 PPI ULTRA FINISHING
BABY BLUE 100 PPI  FINAL FINISHING

EURO FOAMS
YELLOW HEAVY CUT
ORANGE MEDIUM CUT
WHITE POLISHING
BABY BLUE SOFT POLISHING
RED ULTIMATE FINISHING

EXTREME RETICULATED FOAMS
COARSE GREEN EXTREME CUT
COARSE ORANGE MEDIUM CUT
MAROON POLISHING
RED FINISHING

URO-TEC “OPEN CELL”
COARSE BLUE HEAVY CUT
MAROON MEDIUM CUT
YELLOW POLISHING
WHITE FINISHING

URO-CELL “CLOSED CELL”
LIGHT BLUE CUTTING
ORANGE POLISHING
RED FINISHING

STANDARD WOOL PADS
100% WOOL 4 PLY NATURAL CUTTING
WOOL BLEND SINGLE PLY NATURAL MEDIUM CUT
WOOL BLEND 4 PLY TWIST YELLOW MEDIUM CUT/POLISHING
WOOL BLEND SINGE PLY WHITE POLISHING
WOOL BLEND SINGLE PLY YELLOW POLISHING/FINISHING
KNITTED WOOL BLEND  LIGTH POLISH/FINISHING
KNITTED 100% WOOL NATURAL FINAL FINISHING

INDUSTRIAL WOOL PADS
ALTERNATE STITCH DUAL STRAND WOOL BLEND AGGRESSIVE CUTTING & LONG LASTING