Professionals use wool pads on their rotary polishers to restore dull, oxidized paint and bring it back to a show-stealing shine. With a little expertise, you too can discover why wool is the professional’s choice for paint restoration.
* I would like to note that wool pads are more aggressive than foam and therefore we recommend them for professional use. If you’ve never used wool pads or you are new to machine compounding, we suggest you start with a Porter Cable 7424 Dual Action Polisher and foam pads.
Wool pads can be deceptive; they feel fluffy and even soft to the touch but they heat up quickly during use. The heat enables the pad to effectively level the paint, but it can also burn the paint if the pad is left in the same spot for any amount of time. Keep the pad moving at all times to protect the paint from the heat. A watchful eye and a steady hand will give you great results.
To further guard your paint against possible heat build-up, Lake Country wool pads feature a revolutionary polymer backing material called SURLYN®. This is a thermoplastic polymer backing that adds tremendous strength to the pad even when exposed to extreme temperatures. SURLYN® backed pads will last twice as long as conventionally backed pads thanks to cutting edge polymer engineering. With SURLYN® backing, these wool pads will outperform any wool pad you’ve used in the past.
8.5 inch Hook & Loop Twisted Wool Cutting Pad
Lake Country’s Wool Cutting Pad is made of 100% wool twisted into hundreds of individual strands. The tight twisting allows the pad to operate at a consistent level of aggressiveness for longer periods. With a 1.5 inch pile, the pad will hold up to many, many uses. The pad has a diameter of 8.5 inches but the thick pile gives it an overall diameter of 10 inches. You’ll be able to cover a lot of paint in a little time with this large wool pad. The Wool Cutting Pad is intended for severe swirls, scratches and heavy oxidation. Because this is a more aggressive pad, you’ll want a compound to get the best results. Optimum Compound and Meguiars #4 Heavy Cut Cleaner are examples of paint compounds.
8.5 inch Hook & Loop Knitted Wool Polishing Pad
Lake Country’s Wool Polishing Pad is made of 100% knitted wool that is both fluffy and dense. The knitting creates a plush, uniform surface that polishes the paint to a bright shine. The density of the knitted wool provides an ample cushion between the backing plate and the paint surface. The Knitted Wool Polishing Pad is intended to polish the paint and remove minor swirls and oxidation. Use a polish or a mild swirl remover for the best results. XMT Fine Swirl Remover #2 or Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover will both work well on minor or moderate paint flaws.
A note about fluffing a wool pad: Wool pads are known to cake up but it’s an easy fix. With the polisher turned off, lay it down on the ground with the pad facing up. Set the speed to the lowest setting and turn it on. Hold a steel brush against the pad as it turns. The pile will fluff up in just a few seconds.
Your other option is to have 3 or 4 wool pads on hand so you can simply switch pads when one becomes caked.
To clean any wool or foam pads on your rotary polisher, use the Autogeek System 2000 Pad Washer. This unique wash system consists of a 5 gallon bucket containing 8 agitator wheels and a large fluid pump to pull water from the bottom of the bucket up to the pad. The Pad Washer uses the motion of your polisher to wash and dry foam and wool pads. Click on the icon at the bottom of the page for more information.
Use our 8.5 inch foam pads to refine and smooth the paint following compounding. All of our 8.5 inch pads use the 7 inch rotary backing plate.
Lake Country’s 8.5 inch Hook & Loop Wool Pads work with any rotary polisher. The 100% wool pile and SURLYN® backing ensure consistent, professional results every time you polish.
Wool Pad Features:
1.5” pile height
SURLYN® polymer hook & loop backing
Compatible with a 7 inch rotary backing plate (sold separately)