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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5 1/2 inch diameter pad

By Jerhico Guitars from Altona, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 06, 2011

The big ones work good. I'm gonna have to try the smaller type now. These are a great way to achieve a brilliant shine without a pro buffing setup.

Thanks for these!

By Julyan Wallis, Guitar Doctor / J Gu from Cornwall, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I bought 4 of each shape and use them as advised, refinish jobs gone up a few notches :) Tend to wear out a bit quick for my liking but cannot do without them.

Works well

By TOMMYPLANET from Austin, Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 02, 2011

When using this foam pad remember to remove any thing that might snag it (volumes/tone pots) and cover and hardware post holes.The compounds can quickly be built up in these holes. As far as use, functionality and results I give them a good grade. Some areas are subject to better results with good old elbow grease.

Buffing Pad

By ppickin from Stevensville, MD
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 29, 2011

The foam polishing pads from Stewmac do a great job in removing scratches and developing a deep shine. I've used other buffers and had okay results, but these pads have finally delivered the look I was after. I can't compare them to an actual buffing wheel, but one thing is sure, you won't melt your nitro.

Do the job nicely

By MoorMusic from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 29, 2011

These pads do the job nicely. Of course there isn't much to wrong with this product.

magnificent tool

By monalizarock from los mochis, sin. mexico
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 26, 2011

this tool it¦s excellent, i¦ll still buying from you guys because i feel so happy with your products, you are the best just take a look at the photo, thank you...fausto antonio

Realistic Relic 

By MIke Gordon from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Vintage brand Icon distressed satin finish Tele copy buffed up with just the swirl remover within seconds. The unrealistic satin finish went to a believable gloss. The pads worked great!

I love it!

By Ambrosius Guitars from Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 22, 2011

With the right polishing compund it will give you a very professional finish! An unexpensive and easy tool to give shine to your guitars!

Size matters!!

By TommyGuitars from Osaka, Japan
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 20, 2011

These new sizes really make a big difference, mainly because they now fit inside of the Stewmac Colortone rubbing compound tubs. The corner polishing pad is great for corners, namely between the neck and body. Highly recommended. Be sure to use only one pad per Colortone rubbing compound tub. Don't cross mix.

Buffing made easy.

By Mike T. from North Carolina, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 10, 2011

All you need is one of these, a drill, and some ColorTone Polishing Compound, and get ready for the shine. (just to be clear one pad per compound grit)

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