The Edge Pads Circular Polishing Guide
Learn how to remove swirls, scratches, and oxidation using your circular polisher, also known as a rotary polisher. This guide will explain what Edge pads should be used for each step of the detailing process and we'll give you our top recommendations of swirl removers, polishes, and last step products.
The Edge 2000 System offers a lot of options. Here's a rundown of the features and the pads..
The Edge 2000 Pads Key Features:
No backing plate! The Edge pads attach to your polisher using a Quick Connect Adapter that pops into the center of the pad. The connection is very secure and, because the adapter is in the center of the pad, the pad is always balanced.
Double-sided. Since the pads do not require a backing plate, both sides are usable. Instead of buying two single-sided white pads, you buy one Edge white pad.
Versatile. All The Edge pads work with any polisher. You can use 6 inch pads on your rotary polisher; just be sure you have the Edge Rotary Drive Adapter. You can use the same pads on your dual action polisher with the Edge DA Drive Adapter. One set of pads works with both types of polisher. All you have to change is the adapter.
Many varieties to choose from: The Edge pads are available in flat and Wave foam, as well as 6 inch and 8 inch. The popular choice for circular polishers is the 8 inch pads.
Flat foam: Provides constant contact with the paint. The 6 inch pads have a rounded edge. The 8 inch pads have a beveled edge that polishes easily between and around the vehicle's exterior features.
The Edge Wave Foam: The convoluted design allows a constant flow of air through the pad's valleys. This reduces heat and minimizes the risk of burning the paint. This safety feature comes in handy when using a rotary because the high speed, centralized motion of rotary polishers is more likely to burn the paint than a dual action. Edge Wave Foam is currently available in 6 inch pads.
Beyond just size and wavy or flat, you now have to choose what type of foam will work on the vehicle at hand. Here are your choices:
How do I polish out swirls and scratches?
The following is a general guide to polishing. It will take you from compounding to polishing to finishing. If your paint problems do not require compounding, skip to polishing. If you’re not sure, start with polishing. Always take the least aggressive approach first! If you don’t get the desired results from polishing, then use a swirl remover and light cutting pad.
The pads pictured at
the beginning of each section indicate what type of foam can be used to
perform the job described. The standard Edge 2000 flat pads and Wave pads are all made of the same types of foam. The colors indicate the
same "cut" within all three pad collections.
I. Compounding & Swirl Removal
Compounding involves using the most aggressive type of swirl remover, called a compound. Swirl removers can range from light to heavy. The application is the same.
1. In the picture to below, this is a serious case of swirls. Choose a green medium cutting pad and a swirl remover such as Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0.
2. Apply a bead of swirl remover around the edge of the pad. Some will say apply a quarter size amount. You can even apply it directly to the paint. Ultimately you're going to spread it around so how the swirl remover gets on the paint is up to you. Spread the swirl remover over a small section (about 2 x 2 sq. ft.) with the polisher turned off to prevent sling.
3. Set the maximum speed at 1200-1800 RPM. Turn the polisher on and work the swirl remover in a side to side, overlapping motion. Move slowly to give the abrasives time to work. KEEP THE POLISHER MOVING AT ALL TIMES.
4. When the swirl remover turns to a transparent film, the abrasives have broken down. Turn off the machine and lift it off the paint. Buff away the residue with a soft, Cobra Microfiber Towel and inspect your results. If you are not satisfied, repeat the process. Some imperfections may require that you upgrade to a more aggressive pad.
Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0 will leave the finish smooth enough to
go straight to waxing, by most standards. But, if you want the deepest, most
Polishing improves the smoothness and gloss of the paint. Use Wolfgang Finishing Glaze 3.0 if you’ve just compounded or if the paint just needs a boost..
If your vehicle is in great shape and you did not need to polish or compound, use Wolfgang Paintwork Polish Enhancer clean the paint and enhancer the gloss. Follow up with a Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0 or Wolfgang Füzion Estate Wax. Application of any of these products will be as follows.
Foam & Wool Pad CleaningThe easiest way to clean your foam and wool pads is to drop them in pad cleaner while they are still wet with polish or wax. Dried products are more difficult to remove from the pads. To do this, mix up a bucket of water and Wolfgang Polishing Pad Rejuvenator at the start of your detailing session. As you finish using each pad, drop it in the cleaning solution to soak. When you are finished with your detail, use the Foam Pad Conditioning Brush to agitate the pads. Then rinse the pads and lay out to dry.
When your clean pads are dry, put them in a sealable plastic bag or container to keep them free of dust until their next use.
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