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#1 Hotrods4ever

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 09:34 AM

How does everyone clean the micro-mark polishing pads? (2400 - 12000 grits)

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 10:09 AM

I personally use them wet, they last longer without the need to clean them. They do have a shelf life after several uses so it might be time to replace them. Word of advice, when you do get your new ones, take it very easy when starting to use them, they really eat up a lot of paint when new, specially the workhorse 3200 grit! :rolleyes:

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 11:44 AM

are ya'll talking about the the square pads or the long rectangular ones? I'm not sure as I was given both as a gift. Thanks for all the tips

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 03:02 PM

I use an old toothbrush and Dawn dish soap to clean mine after each use.

As suggested, wet sanding will help them live a longer life, as will a drop of two of dish soap when you are wet sanding/polishing the paint.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 03:09 PM

As suggested, wet sanding will help them live a longer life, as will a drop of two of dish soap when you are wet sanding/polishing the paint.


Gotta agree 100% with Casey...a small drop when wetsanding really prevents the pads from loading up with crud.Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 03:35 PM

One more tip- do not fold the cloths over 180* on themselves, as the abrasive tends to chunk off when you do that...DAMHIK. :lol:

#7 John E. Bowers Jr.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 09:35 PM

Very good tips, guys! I keep mine soaking in clean soapy water overnight after each use. Rinse, let it dry, use again. They still wear, but at the same time last pretty well. I always polish wet.

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:40 PM

Thanks a lot for the tips, guys. I will definately try them!

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 12:27 PM

I put mine in a "bra bag" (yeah they make 'em check eBay) then put them in the washing machine of a gentle cycle using liquid Ivory Soap.  Then I let them air dry.  Seems to work pretty well.