Better than round foam applicators; could be improved
July 14, 2016
This applicator allows much more even pressure and therefore more even application than round foam applicators that do not have the firm black backing/handle that this has. It is also much less tiring to grip and to apply pressure over the time it take to apply to a whole car. It is easier to tell where you have applied product because the whole foam surface is making contact, unlike round pads where your thumb lifts one edge and you try to apply even pressure with your fingertips.
Cons:There are two cons that probably could be corrected. First, the yellow foam could be thinner so that it absorbs (and wastes) less product. Not really an issue with less expensive products but would be important if applying paint coating that costs $100+ for 8 oz. Second, the yellow pad which is glued to the firm black grip/ handle separates from the grip. It may be a glue strength issue but even if there is no stronger glue I think the problem could be greatly reduced. The separation seems to occur because the thumb on one side and the fingertips on the other side seem to end up sliding into a position where they squeeze the applicator right at the glued joint. Since the yellow pad is softer, it compresses more between the thumb and fingertips which basically pulls the yellow part away from the black grip. If the long sides of the black grip had indentations running the length of the long side it would help keep the thumb and fingertips on the black grip and prevent the thumb and fingertips from contacting and squeezing the yellow pad- and breaking the glue seal between black and yellow.