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Old 02-17-2007, 10:19 PM
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I washed out my polishing pads after using them a round, set them out to dry, and now they seem really hard. any advice on getting them back to normal or should they soften up once i start polishing? They are wolfgang pads. orange, black, and white.
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:21 PM
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Spray some quick detailer on them and see if that makes them soft again.
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:22 PM
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thanks for the quick reply! ill try that right now.
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:31 PM
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I usually just run em under the faucet real quick.
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I use a bit of water myself.
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ya but water+polish is not a good thing right?
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I dont think it matters. From my experience once you get a couple spots done on the car theres enough polish all over the pads that the water doesnt hurt anything.
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Originally Posted by 01CaMMMaro
ya but water+polish is not a good thing right?
Actually, water + polish = very good thing. It keeps the dust down. I keep my pads damp while working with them (a couple "spritzes" of water from a squirt bottle).

As for the pads being stiff, I usually knead mine with my fingers/knuckles after they've been sitting for a while before use. This helps knocks loose any dust that might have settled on them and opens up the pores to accept polish. It also gives me a chance to inspect them for tears.

Out of curiousty, how did you wash them? Did you let them air dry or put them in the dryer? I typically put mine in a garment bag (you can find these anywhere laundry detergent is sold) that are meant for women's delicates. It keeps them from getting caught on the agitator in the washing machine. Delicate cycle, warm water, two rinses, then let them air dry.


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Originally Posted by 01CaMMMaro
ya but water+polish is not a good thing right?
most waxes/polishes reccomend applying with a damp pad
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Originally Posted by chupr0kabra
Actually, water + polish = very good thing. It keeps the dust down. I keep my pads damp while working with them (a couple "spritzes" of water from a squirt bottle).

As for the pads being stiff, I usually knead mine with my fingers/knuckles after they've been sitting for a while before use. This helps knocks loose any dust that might have settled on them and opens up the pores to accept polish. It also gives me a chance to inspect them for tears.

Out of curiousty, how did you wash them? Did you let them air dry or put them in the dryer? I typically put mine in a garment bag (you can find these anywhere laundry detergent is sold) that are meant for women's delicates. It keeps them from getting caught on the agitator in the washing machine. Delicate cycle, warm water, two rinses, then let them air dry.


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i just rinsed them with water them set them on the outside patio to air dry. thanks alot for the info about damping them while working btw... cant wait to get out there at 9 a.m. and be out there till 5 p.m. haha. already washed, clayed, and washed again. looks like magic already but ive got some work to do, just like any other car!
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