Cleaning your pads is an essential part of maintaining your detailing equipment. Whether you’re a professional detailer or a DIY enthusiast, keeping your polishing pads clean will ensure optimal performance and longevity. In this article, we’ll show you how to clean your pads like a pro using McKee’s 37 products.
Step 1: Choose Your Cleaning Method
When it comes to cleaning pads, you have a few options depending on your needs and preferences. Here are a few effective methods:
- On the Fly: For mobile detailing professionals, quick pad cleaning is vital to efficiently clear out clear coat and polish residues. One method involves using a tornador gun to blast the pad clean, potentially over a bucket of water to control dust. Alternatively, a regular air compressor can be used while the pad spins. These straightforward methods provide quick and effective cleaning on the go.
- Polishing Fabric Rejuvenator: This citrus-based, all-natural product is perfect for soaking your pads throughout the day. Add a scoop of the rejuvenator to a bucket of water and let the pads soak. This method is ideal for professional detailers who use many pads.
- Spray Cleaner: McKee’s 37 spray cleaner is a powerful and popular option for cleaning pads. It is designed to break up residue from polishing compounds, silicone oils, solvents, and dirt. Spray the cleaner onto the pad and use a brush or pad washer to agitate and remove the residue. This method is convenient for quick cleaning on the go.
Step 2: Rinse and Dry
After cleaning your pads, it’s important to rinse them thoroughly to remove any remaining residue. You can rinse them with a sink or garden hose, or use a bucket of water. Rinse both sides of the pad to ensure a thorough clean.
Once rinsed, it’s time to dry the pads. There are several methods you can use:
- Air Drying: You can let the pads air dry by placing them on a towel or rack. Make sure to dry them face down to allow any moisture to drain out and prevent damage to the backing material. This method is effective but may take some time.
- Velcro Setup: For a more innovative approach, you can set up Velcro on the side of a surface and attach your pads to it. This allows the water to drain out and the pads to dry upside down. Some detailers even attach their pads to the roof of their van using Velcro for efficient drying.
- Pad Washer: Car Supply Warehouse offers a pad washer called the Pad Washer 4000 made by Lake Country. This tool is designed to deep clean and dry your pads quickly and effectively. Pump the cleaner into the pad, run the machine along the ribs of the washer, and the dirt and residue are removed. The pad washer has separate reservoirs to avoid cross-contamination and is an excellent investment for professional detailers.
Step 3: Pad Conditioning
In addition to cleaning, condition your pads. McKee’s 37 offers a product called Polishing Pad Conditioner, designed for dry and brittle paint to keep them in optimal condition. This conditioner contains wetting agents and lubricants that prime the pad and provide lubrication during polishing. It helps reduce buildup on the pad and makes it easier to clean.
To use the Polishing Pad Conditioner, apply it to the pad before applying your compound or polish. This will help prevent the pad from caking up and make cleaning easier. The conditioner also helps with dusting and reduces buffer heat, making it ideal for beginners or when working on heavily oxidized paint.
One bottle of Polishing Pad Conditioner will last a long time, as you only need a small amount for each use. Apply it to the pad, and you’re ready to go.
The Wrap Up
Cleaning and maintaining your pads is crucial for achieving optimal detailed work results. Whether you clean your pads on the fly or invest in a pad washer, using the right products and techniques will ensure that your pads stay in great condition and provide excellent performance.
Remember to choose a cleaning method that suits your needs and preferences, and to condition your pads with a product like McKee’s 37 Polishing Pad Conditioner. Following these steps, you can keep your pads clean, prolong their lifespan, and achieve professional-level results in your detailing projects.