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    Hi guys - I am planning to start a small detailing business on the side of my full time job soon. I have done basic paint correction using DA polishers on a few cars now and really enjoy it. My plan is to only offer a few basic services while providing high quality results (hopefully :P).

    There is one thing i still haven't sorted in my mind.. Pad washing. Do most mobile detailers use a pad washing system i.e the grit guard universal pad washer or is it best to just have a crap load of pads on hand all the time? I am leaning towards the later option, but would love to hear what really works best in the real world.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Get a bucket, and a spray bottle of clean water.

    Saturate the pad (still on the machine) with clean water and then stick in the bucket and turn it on.
    Start at speed 1 and dial it up to six.

    The water will carry paint residue and old polish out into the bucket.

    I slightly damp pad will not be a problem, and for more intensive cleaning you can take your 4-5 pads to a sink of tap with a bucket of microfibre cleaning soap and be more intensive about it.

    But this is a good method on the fly.

    You will start to recognise when the pad needs more cleaning than this and will know to swap it out.

    I don't even use my compressed air anymore after working this out.


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    Other way is smash it with the pressure washer then spin it out!
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    Air for wool and microfibre. Cotton or microfibre towels for foam. A pad washer is probably the better option, spin the pad out and just keep going.
    Plenty of good YouTube videos on cleaning pads on the fly.

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    small air compressor if that's an option will reduce need to swap pads as well
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    Thanks for all the input! Based on all that then, I think it's safe to say - you could get the pads almost as clean as a universal pad washer if you were to wash the pads by hand then spin dry with the polisher?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric0 View Post
    Thanks for all the input! Based on all that then, I think it's safe to say - you could get the pads almost as clean as a universal pad washer if you were to wash the pads by hand then spin dry with the polisher?
    Absolutely.
    If you can find my posts about a black off-road camper worth about 400k... I did that thing with 3 x 6 inch microfibre cutting pads and that method.
    About 10 SUVs worth of paint over two days.
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    I did this whole vehicle with the one pad. Blowing it out with air after every pass and running it against the damp terry towel after about every fourth pass.
    Angelwax Resurrection, Buff and Shine Uro-Fiber pad, Zentool 21mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger View Post
    I did this whole vehicle with the one pad. Blowing it out with air after every pass and running it against the damp terry towel after about every fourth pass.
    Angelwax Resurrection, Buff and Shine Uro-Fiber pad, Zentool 21mm.

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    How is the uro? The cost and availability of the megs fibre pads has me needing to look elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trewarin View Post
    How is the uro? The cost and availability of the megs fibre pads has me needing to look elsewhere.
    Detail Central has them for $23 (5") and $25 (6"). Bought me some a few weeks ago and I'm in love!!

    Wouldn't mind a 3" or 4" version though.

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