Foam Polishing Pads

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Get a high gloss finish with your hand drill! Shaped pads are great for guitar body contours.

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Foam Polishing Pads Large, 5-1/2" dia.

Large, 5-1/2" dia.

Item # 3414
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2 or more $14.35
Foam Polishing Pads Small, 3" dia.

Small, 3" dia.

Item # 3410
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2 or more $10.78
Foam Polishing Pads Hourglass, 3" dia.

Hourglass, 3" dia.

Item # 3409
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2 or more $10.78
Foam Polishing Pads Cone, 3-1/8" dia.

Cone, 3-1/8" dia.

Item # 3411
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2 or more $10.78
Foam Polishing Pads, All 4 sizes

Foam Polishing Pads, All 4 sizes

Item # 3420
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$51.89 $47.74

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Foam polishing pad for guitar finishing

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Get a high gloss finish with your hand drill! Shaped pads are great for guitar body contours.

High gloss finishes without swirl marks
Fits variable-speed hand drills

Your finishes can have a more professional look when you use these fiber-free foam buffing pads. They're perfect for applying polishing compounds with your power buffer or variable-speed hand drill.

Foam polishing pads are perfect for applying polishing compounds, like our ColorTone Polishing Compounds. The gentle polishing action helps avoid swirl marks, fine scratches and burn-through, leaving a beautiful mirror-gloss surface.

For the small shop or casual builder, this is a great way to get factory-quality finishes without tedious hand polishing or expensive buffing equipment. Larger well-equipped shops find foam pads handy for getting into tight areas for fast spot refinishing, too. Each pad has a 1/4" arbor—you can use it in a drill press or variable-speed hand drill.

"Hourglass and cone-shaped pads are great for getting into guitar cutaways and hard-to-reach contours. I find a use for them all!"
—Erick Coleman, repairman and StewMac tech advisor

Important: A separate pad should be used for each grade of polishing compound, to avoid adding scratches to the finish. Apply the compounds in sequence, from coarse to fine grades.

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Foam Polishing Pads

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Buffing Pads in a Drill??

By WinstonF from St. Charles, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 07, 2012

Well, here's my take on these pads. Although they are fairly nice pads, I find buffing a whole guitar with a drill, and these pads VERY awkward. I totally give a thumbs up for smaller projects like blending, or a headstock. BUT having the weight of the machine directly over the pad creates a situation where you cannot keep even pressure as your hands get tired. The thing that bothered me about this product was that I have a $300 Bosch variable speed sander polisher, and couldn't use it. So I've had to stop, and order pads from other suppliers and wait for them to arrive. Also the consistency of the pads should correspond to the polishing compounds. :( I'm not complaining, just asking. There are some really great power hand tools out there that can do a much better job than a pad chucked in a drill. I have hours of sanding and lac application, and these pads seems cheesy to me. Just my opinion. I am a loyal Stew Mac customer!!

Great for the garage shop

By Equitz Guitars from Placentia, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 18, 2012

Originally, I worked with the 5.5" pads, but then got the 3" and was pleasantly surprised. I was able to focus the polishing on more specific areas, especially for carved tops and body sides.

Helped a lot!

By MUYFUE from San Antonio TX
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I used a few small circular pads to polish the new finish on a Gibson Explorer. It came out better than I thought it would. They are not so porous that the become spongy, but they do hold enough compund to cover a good sized portion of the body. I used it on a variable speed drill, and found that to help a lot, since I was able to start slow and build up speed. I was very happy with the shine on the clear coat. The pic is from my cel phone, so not the best quality, but looks great in person! I will be using these pads in my future projects.

Who knew these little pads can make such a difference ?

By Will Laturno from Prospect, CT. USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 30, 2012

I used a couple of these on the higher grade of polishes, but in hind sight I would reccomend using these on all the grades of polish since they are awesome to use and make the task SO much's worth it!

they do what the are supposed to do

By GuitarTron from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 11, 2012

they work the way they are supposed to work... they do what they are supposed to do which is great! thanks again Stewmac!

Foam Polishing Pads

By Douglas Kratz from Malvern, Arkansas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I have two buffers that I use when detailing cars but I needed something to get into tight places on guitars. These pads are perfect...stick them on a drill and you're good to go.

Perfect for my needs

By jjbitenc from Saint Paul
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 30, 2012

Perfect for my needs


By Sam Tsohonis, Maxwell Guitars from Monitor, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 02, 2012

My guitars tend to have odd shapes and tricky recesses, and using my homemade buffing arbor had proven insufficient for getting any of the tricky spots. I finally bought a group of these with the 4 buffing compounds and was SO pleased with the results. And pretty much NO reb-through on the edges, because the sponge breaks into a spray of yellow powder when it catches or runs an edge, as opposed to the violence with which a cloth buffing wheel will drag and burn through.

Note: I found the mid-sized pad wanted to come off at one point (I might have been overdoing it a little with pressure), but put some hot stuff thin superglue on it and it will hold for a real long time after. I'm going to experiment with making my own pads out of kitchen sponges and adhering them to the chucks.


By Hugo from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 02, 2012

I use it with StewMac polishing compounds and it works really great.

Foam Polishing Pad

By Jay Campbell from Huron, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Item arrived quickly and well packed for shipping. Works excellent!

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