One frustration of customers is buying a machine and having no suitable pads for it; or buying a machine polishing kit and getting the cheapest and nastiest pads thrown in for free.
So we've made it easy for you, by bundling four premium-quality pads - from fine to heavy cut - into this Orbital Pad Selection.
Firstly, there's a Peak Finish 150mm waffle foam finishing pad, for low cut work or for final finishing of paintwork. You'd probably be using this with a fine cut polish like Dodo Juice Critical Finish.
Then we've included a Shark Fin 150mm fin-cut foam polishing pad, that offers a medium cut. It's a good all-rounder. A bit more bite than the red Peak Finish foam, but not too aggressive. You'd probably pair this with Lime Prime.
Next up, the Slim Reaper 135mm extra-slim compounding foam. This has a more aggressive orange foam construction, but it's also extra-thin to transmit more of the cut onto the paint rather than into the pad. And like a wine pairing on a taster menu, our Depth Charge heavier cut polish is arguably the one to go for, should you need a polish to go with this heavier hitting pad.
Finally, a little fibre. No, not to keep things regular, but to show you an alternative to high cut foam. Fibre Scyther 135mm is our microfibre medium/heavy cut pad that runs cooler than foam, potentially increasing the lifespan of your pads and even your machine itself during extended polishing sessions. Coupled with Depth Charge it does a great job tackling harder paints.
All these microfibre pads are suitable for 120-125mm (5 inch) backing plates and have a traditional 'hook and loop' velcro backing.
After use, simply apply neat washing-up liquid to remove polish residues, rinse under a running tap and then allow to air dry. Note that some discoloration of these pads may occur if coloured polishes are used. This does not affect performance.
As ever, always run pads with suitable polishes/compounds; never overwork them by running them too dry, too long or with a polish doing too much or too little work.
Please note that pads should never be run at excessive temperatures (either panel or machine temps), they should always be stopped/started on the panel to avoid undue stress, and they should always be removed gently from the backing plate and washed carefully with mild detergent (NEVER left to soak). Failure to do so may cause premature delamination of the hook and loop backing from the pad.