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6 in. Polishing Foam Pad
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(based on 13 reviews)
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These pads have potential as well as the ability to produce professional results. However, if you just slap one onto the polisher's backing plate and apply any kind of significant pressure without taking a ...Read complete review
These pads have potential as well as the ability to produce professional results. However, if you just slap one onto the polisher's backing plate and apply any kind of significant pressure without taking a few precautions, you will be very disappointed with them.HF pads CAN save you a lot of $$ compared to other brands IF you pay attention to the tips and advice that have been shared in these reviews.There are numerous reviews which cover the faults which exist with regard to the fit and potential destruction of the pads. Follow the recommended steps to protect against it. And, since that subject has been aptly covered, I will focus my review on the quality of the pads and the results I achieved and what you can expect from them.PRICE:You simply can't beat the price of these pads. Period. Comparable pads can easily cost as much as 4-5x more. I have been in the auto detail business for over 20 years and have witnessed the evolution of the tools as each has become the industry standard. The development and implementation of the DA polisher which utilizes foam pads as the media for repairing/restoring finishes has done more to save vehicle paint jobs than any other device in the industry. The varying densities of the pads are what allow them to perform the tasks for which each was respectively designed to do. And while I can respect the fact that the pads do all the work and withstand an intense amount of abuse, I feel the prices charged for the major brands are ridiculous and super-inflated... especially given the fact that the pads are the weak link in the chain and are the disposable factor. HF's price for these pads is fantastic but if you're destroying them as fast as you can attach them, you're not saving anything. QUALITY:Anyone who has spent any time using the Porter-Cable 7424 and its variations knows that Lake Country makes the best pads on the market. They're super durable, they retain their shape and density for months and months and they produce excellent results. After using HF's pads for a few months now, I can honestly say they stack up to nearly all the different manufacturer's products and can produce equal results if they are maintained properly before, during and after the job. They do require a bit more attention throughout the process but doing so will make them last exponentially longer than the alternative.PERFORMANCE:I generally use all 3 pads in any given job... not always, but usually. The orange cutting pad when used in combination with a good quality compound and a higher speed setting easily removes surface scratches and minor defects from the clear coat without the risk of burning. However, neglecting to maintain the pad throughout the job can and will produce swirls, halos, halogens, etc. The polishing pad does a fantastic job of applying polish smoothly and evenly when you use a quality product that was intended to be applied using a DA polisher and do so at a med-low to medium speed. That's key! The waxing pad, in my opinion, is the best of the three. It's very soft and evenly distributes/applies wax to the surface which ends up requiring much less product than applying it with a rotary polisher or by hand. Since its density is far less than the other two pads, it is able to absorb more product thereby all but eliminating the build-up and loading associated with the other two pads. When nearing the end of the wax application, simply apply a bit more pressure to push the absorbed product out of the pad so as not to waste it. MAINTENANCE:How the pads perform and for how long are directly associated with how well you maintain them before, during and after the job. I can't stress this fact enough! The orange cutting pad is prone to loading up with both oxidation being removed from the surface as well as the application of too much product resulting in a mud-like goop that will thicken and begin to dry very quickly under the pad leaving hard globs in the paths which are a major P.I.T.A. to remove. Additionally, the more abrasive the compound being used combined with the amount of oxidation/debris being removed has the potential to leave serious swirls, halos, halogens, etc. which requires starting over to remove the marks you left behind. Two things are important here:1. Limit the area being worked to a 2'x2' section. Measure and tape off the areas when first starting out until you get a feel for that size area.2. Force yourself to use less product than you think you need. Over application of product is the #1 cause of load up. You will achieve much better results using a little bit than a lot. Clean the pad throughout the job. How often you need to clean the pad and to what degree depends completely upon how much product is being left in/on the pad as well as how much gunk is being removed. If you're seeing very light buildup on the pad and it's retaining its original color for the most part, you can simple hold a folded bath-size towel against the pad then turn on the polisher. This will wipe off the majority of surface buildup. Don't apply too much pressure. You want the pad to be able to move around against the towel. However, if you're doing a job where there is a lot of oxidation and discoloration which is building up on the pad you need to remove the pad and clean it using hot, soapy water. Dawn dishwashing liquid does a fantastic job of thoroughly cleaning them. Mix up a bucket of soapy water and submerge the pad. Vigorously squeeze the pad while under water and let it absorb more soapy water. Continue this process until most, if not all of the buildup/product is removed and the pad is back to its pastel orange or pastel blue color. Replace the water in the bucket with warm (not hot) water and repeat the process to rinse the pads. Next, squeeze out as much of the water as possible. Water and product don't mix! Next, squeeze the pad again with a dry wrapped around it. Repeat this step until you no longer feel water on the towel. Finally, to get the remainder of the water out, attach the pad to the polisher and while holding a dry towel loosely against the pad to prevent it from spinning off the backing plate, set the speed to #2 and turn on the polisher. You want the pad to be able to spin somewhat freely. Sounds like a lot of work and will take a lot of time but it really doesn't - less than 5 minutes actually. I have 3 orange pads and 2 blue pads which reduces how often I have to stop and do a thorough cleaning.After the job is complete, it's essential that you thoroughly clean the pads and remove all product/buildup. Failure to do so will result in dried gunk in the pad which hardens and becomes a lot of work to remove. Prior to using a pad whether it's for the very first time or simply the first time on the current job, saturate it with warm water and wring it out several times to soften it up which will make the application of product much easier and will assure even distribution. Be sure to completely remove all the water from the pad prior to starting the job.If you're new to the use of a DA polisher and/or detailing, there are a number of sites that will answer every question you could possibly come up with regarding the proper use and care of anything and everything related to DA polishers, pads, products, pads, fixing mistakes, etc. I personally recommend Autogeek.net and its forums and How-To gallery.The biggest tip I can pass along to help these pads last longer (aside from the recommended tweaks/preparation discussed in the other reviews, of course...) is to clay bar the surface prior to beginning to use the DA polisher. The harsh, abrasive contaminants clay bar removes will add hours to the life of your pads.
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I destroyed my first pad within two minutes before I read the reviews.To begin with, the pad's Velcro should cover the entire pad. The polisher's Velcro shreds the pad everyway it contact...Read complete review
I destroyed my first pad within two minutes before I read the reviews.To begin with, the pad's Velcro should cover the entire pad. The polisher's Velcro shreds the pad everyway it contacts the foam.I took a plastic ice cream bucket lid and did a fix. I traced the full pad size and the Velcro center. I cut out a ring that keeps the foam from touching the Velcro. Will have to do until they change the Velcro on the pad.I'll test the theory of the speed setting now that I have the ring working well. The pad should have an RPM warning on it if it can't handle certain speeds of the DA polisher it is sold to be used on.Don't know about the heat because the polisher runs warm anyway.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By Jim the Runner
from San Jose, CA
About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer
Comments about Warrior 6 in. Compound/Cutting Foam Pad:
Don't listen to the review about the DA catching the sides and shreading the foam. I was worried as well, but I've used all 3 (cutting, polishing, finishing) pads without issue. The pads stick very strongly to the backing plate and there is no movement of the pad relative to the packing plate.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Coach Steve
from Chandler, AZ
About Me Professional
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GET 5 INCH BACKING PLATE
from West of Ft Worth
About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer
#1! BUY A HIGHER QUALITY 5 INCH BACKING PLATE!!These pads are fine. They look a lot like BUFF and SHINE pads. Do some homework. Watch the how to vids on You Tube and read a detailing forum.DO NOT USE TOO MUCH PRODUCT AND CLEAN PAD AFTER EACH SECTION. Do your homework on pad care and working with a DA.
Decent - but take some precaution
from Chicago, IL
Decent pad - cost cant be beat.. Learn from my mistake:- pad one... seemed to get hot QUICKLY... only had the DA on 4.5 setting - stay under that when using this pad - keep your surface wet with a detail spray. Had one pad collapse in the middle due to getting too hot - the other just ended up teaing apart and also got stuck to the mounting pad on the DA. Keep the surface wet/lubed and you should be good to go with this.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
for the money you cant go wrong
By BIG A
from goose creek sc
for the money it cant be beat I have boughy pads 4x the price ...better off buying 4 of theseBTW the DA polsher rules!!!
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Works very well given the price
from Lecanto, FL
Bought this before reading the reviews of the people who said it was no good. I would have expected much less but the proof is in the use, not the hype.Given that Meguires or Shurhold pads don't work any better or worse, and cost five times as much, it's hard to knock this pad. I waxed the all the freeboard area on my 34' boat and it's finally starting to shred where it was compressed against the outer edge of the backing plate. Reaching too far off the ladder, and using it without keeping the pad flat caused that. Paid less than four, so it's easy to conclude, based upon my experience, it works as advertised.I found nothing to compain about and I like to complain as much as the next guy. I will have to find something else to complain about. Besides, if we rate it too highly they will just raise the price.
Does the job
By Swoosh RC
from Sacramento, CA
I have polished three cars with this pad using the Dual-Action Polisher & Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. The pad worked as expected. It's not very durable as it will only last for about 2 cars before needing replacement. For the price, it's a good, usable pad.NOTE: This product should be used with a 5-inch backing pad. If used with a 6-inch (Harbor Freight's DA polisher comes with a 6-inch), the velcro will rub against the foam causing it to fail prematurely.
pad size doesnt match the HF D/A polishe
there is a problem with one of 2 things. the HF d/a polisher has a 6 inch backing plate, and these pads are also 6 inches, but the velcro backing on them is only 5 inches. so when you use these pads with the HF polisher, the edges get all torn up by the backing plate and tend to come loose. HF either needs to make the velcro on the pads a full 6 inches, or make the backing plate on the polisher 5 inches to match their pads.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
hf polishing pads
from tulsa ok
It is not by accident that the surface of the backing pad on the HF buffer is larger then the sponge polishing pad's Velcro diameter. They could have easily made them not recessed and the same diameter, actually going out of their way to do the opposite forcing you to buy more. By the rough diameter exterior being exposed to the sponge pad by 1/2", it will chew the pad up quickly forcing you to repurchase more pads. Buy a true 5" hook
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