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Is there a problem with using the same pad with multiple polishes and compounds? I have some soft buff pads on order and just wondered if I need to get a different polishing pad for different compounds, or is cleaning the pad according to Mike on Meguiars Online sufficient enough to use a comparable product on the same pad?

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Is there a problem with using the same pad with multiple polishes and compounds? I have some soft buff pads on order and just wondered if I need to get a different polishing pad for different compounds, or is cleaning the pad according to Mike on Meguiars Online sufficient enough to use a comparable product on the same pad?
Yes. I wouldn't advise using this method.

You're also not going to achieve results by doing it this way as well because some paint defects/finishes/scratches/micromarring require different methods with pads/compounds. So the results would not be optimal, especially if the scratches are deeper or stubborn.

I usually keep two pads per compound I'm using so when I have build up I can switch with out stopping...well at least with out having to spend 10 minutes to clean one. Once both are done, I clean both at the same time.

I rinse them out once they are ready for cleaning and use a soft brush to 'spur' the rest off and rinse again and wring em out, then give em a few spins on the DA inside a bucket.

Hope this helps and I'm sure Nick will chime in with his thoughts as well.

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Yes. I wouldn't advise using this method.

You're also not going to achieve results by doing it this way as well because some paint defects/finishes/scratches/micromarring require different methods with pads/compounds. So the results would not be optimal, especially if the scratches are deeper or stubborn.

I usually keep two pads per compound I'm using so when I have build up I can switch with out stopping...well at least with out having to spend 10 minutes to clean one. Once both are done, I clean both at the same time.

I rinse them out once they are ready for cleaning and use a soft brush to 'spur' the rest off and rinse again and wring em out, then give em a few spins on the DA inside a bucket.

Hope this helps and I'm sure Nick will chime in with his thoughts as well.

Good advice!

But I will add this...If you have an air compressor, you can use a blow nozzell to blow the pads out. This will make the pads "like new" again, and you can keep going with them without having to actually "clean" them.

I use an actual pad washing machine to clean my pads. They run about $100 and work great! If at all possible, try and avoid cross contaminating your pads. If you do, it's not going to peel the paint off your car or destroy your pads, but it will alter the way the products work. So if at all possible, start with a fresh pad if you can.

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