The "game" of vehicle paint perfection has changed dramatically in the last few years. Two major changes include the introduction of "euro" foam pads and the introduction of long-stroke or long-throw dual action polishers. Buff and Shine has responded by creating Uro-Tec, a line of buffing pads made with euro foam and specifically designed for these new DA polishers.
Euro foam 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 simultaneous introduction of two categories of foam pads constructed with the finest available imported European foam. If you use standard dual action and random orbital machines, gear-driven DAs, or rotary (high-speed) polishers, then Buff and Shine's Uro-Cell Foam Pads are just what you need. CLICK HERE for more information on these.
Although Buff and Shine's Uro-Tec pads will work great with virtually any polisher, they will be especially favored by those detailing technicians who prefer long-throw or long-stroke DA polishers. Uro-Tec pads are perfectly balanced for these specific types of polishers. This balance reduces vibration and pad "hopping", which leads to superior contact with the polishing surface, which increases polishing efficiency.
Uro-Tec pads are made with high-quality reticulated (open cell) euro foam of a higher density that will reduce the pad softening that some technicians have experienced during heavy use with these machines. This is because the open cell construction helps to disperse heat during use.
The center hole of the Uro-Tec pads also helps with pad heat by providing a cooling chamber for excess heat to escape while the pad is working on the surface. The heat travels up the center hole and then dissipates into the open cells of the foam. This heat transfer action allows longer working time. The center hole of the pads can also help with visually aligning the pad onto backing plates that have a similar center hole.
By nature of their manufacture, all Uro-Tec foam pads have supreme tear resistance. 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 hook-and-loop backing material is not likely, even with extended use and multiple washings.
The dimensions of the Uro-Tec pads are designed to maximize buffing and polishing efficiency. The backing diameter is 5" to fit perfectly onto long-stroke DA polishers. The 1" pad thickness provides a perfect balance between stiffness, providing consistent contact across the pad face with larger flat panels, and flexibility, allowing the technician to maneuver the pad into body contours. Because of their beveled design, the working area is actually 1" larger in diameter than the base and thus provides a larger working area than a squared-off design.
Buff and Shine's Uro-Tec Foam Pads come in four grades to cater to virtually any paint condition, any paint perfecting chemical, and any technician's preferences. The Blue pad is for compounding and heavy cutting to remove heavy paint defects. Burgundy is designed to provide medium cutting ability and can be used for heavy polishing. Yellow is used for general-purpose polishing to remove minor paint imperfections. White is used for final finishing as well as application of wax or sealant.
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.
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
|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|
|BABY BLUE||SOFT POLISHING|
|EXTREME RETICULATED FOAMS|
|COARSE GREEN||EXTREME CUT|
|COARSE ORANGE||MEDIUM CUT|
|URO-TEC “OPEN CELL”|
|COARSE BLUE||HEAVY CUT|
|URO-CELL “CLOSED CELL”|
|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|