Stewart-MacDonaldEverything for building and repairing stringed instruments!
Your order cart Your order | Account | Saved list
Sign in
800-848-2273, 9AM-6PM EST, M-F
Home Free catalog Quick order International Customer service

Home : Finishing supplies : Hand polishing : Foam Polishing Pads

Foam Polishing Pads

Read 77 Reviews   |   Write a Review

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

See details below

Email a friend
Foam Polishing Pads

Play video

  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
3414 Large, 5-1/2" dia. Yes
2 or more $14.36  

3410 Small, 3" dia. Yes
2 or more $10.79  

3409 Hourglass, 3" dia. Yes
2 or more $10.79  

3411 Cone, 3-1/8" dia. Yes
2 or more $10.79  

3420 All 4 sizes SAVE $4.00 Yes

Quantity prices apply to multiples of the same item number Selected currency  


Related items

ColorTone Polishing Compounds

Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step

ColorTone Waterbase Lacquer

Micro Finishing Papers

StewMac Guitar Buffer Complete Outfit

ColorTone Polishing Compounds
Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step
ColorTone Waterbase Lacquer
Micro Finishing Papers
StewMac Guitar Buffer Complete Outfit

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.

Using a foam buffer in a hand drill on Junior Brown Guit-SteelsĀ®
Using a foam buffer in a hand drill on Junior Brown Guit-Steels
Using a foam buffer in a hand drill on Junior Brown Guit-SteelsĀ® Read more

In this issue:
When a pedestal buffer can't accommodate the shape of Junior Brown's famous Guit-Steels, Michael Stevens finds that a simple foam buffer does a great job!

Subscribe now
/\ Top of product page
 Ratings and reviews
Foam Polishing Pads
Foam Polishing Pads
4.5 out of 5 stars
Based on 77 ratings Write a Review
Sort reviews by
Displaying 31 – 40 < 1  ...  3  4  5  ...  8 >
5 5-18-2012
Great for the garage shop

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.

Equitz Guitars  Placentia, CA Read my reviews (3)
Customer supplied image for review
5 5-09-2012
Helped a lot!

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.

MUYFUE  San Antonio TX Read my reviews (17)
Customer supplied image for review
5 4-30-2012
Who knew these little pads can make such a difference ?

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!

Will Laturno  Prospect, CT. USA Read my reviews (9)
5 4-11-2012
they do what the are supposed to do

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

GuitarTron  Canada Read my reviews (17)
5 4-04-2012
Foam Polishing Pads

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.

Douglas Kratz  Malvern, Arkansas Read my reviews (7)
5 3-30-2012
Perfect for my needs

Perfect for my needs

jjbitenc  Saint Paul
5 3-02-2012

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.

Sam Tsohonis, Maxwell Guitars  Monitor, WA Read my reviews (3)
5 3-02-2012

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

Hugo  Canada Read my reviews (11)
5 2-29-2012
Foam Polishing Pad

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

Jay Campbell  Huron, Ohio Read my reviews (4)
5 2-29-2012
My Standard supplier

I buy 2-3 orders a month. Always reliable, promt and easy to work with.

Dave L.  Esparto, Ca
Displaying 31 – 40 < 1  ...  3  4  5  ...  8 > /\ Top of Reviews

Shown on page 41 of our latest catalog.

ColorTone® is a registered trademark of Stewart-MacDonald Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Select your items, then click ADD to order

To add items to your order, select the check box next to the item you want. You can edit the quantity you wish to purchase here, or in Your Order.

Select your items, then click Save for later

To add items to your saved list, select the check boxes next to the items you want. You can edit the quantity you wish to save here, or in your Saved List.

Toll-free order line:   800-848-2273   9am-6pm Eastern Time, M-F

Your order | Your account | Trade Secrets E-mail Newsletter
Home | Free catalog | Catalog Quick Order | International | Customer service
Our guarantee | Shipping | Security & Privacy | Contact us
Site map | About Us | Employment
© Copyright 2014 Stewart-MacDonald
Your shopping is secure with VeriSign! Trusted Commerce