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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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3414 Large, 5-1/2" dia. Yes
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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
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3420 All 4 sizes SAVE $4.00 Yes

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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
Foam Polishing Pads
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3 3-12-2014
Professional results, shaft should be longer though.

Very good polishing results however the shaft is too short for the chuck on many drills including two of mine. The Ryobi barely clamps it and the B&D can't, both keyless. I plan to modify mine somehow.

Chad Ditner  Cambridge ON
5 2-14-2014
Works well

I finally got the courage to use this on one of my pride and joys, and I'm glad I did. I tried the 3" and 5", and the 'fine' and 'swirl remover' colortone polishing compounds and it's the final buffing step I was looking for with my electric drill. Very professional results. No problems with it shredding or anything like that. Just let the tool do the work, no need to bear down that hard. I wash out the sponge with water well first, then dry it in a towel getting "most" of the water out but not all. I think that's important to getting this to flow properly, you need some water in the sponge with the polishing compound. But remember the concept of a bicycle with no fenders in the rain, it will fling stuff all over the place if you over-rev the drill. Wives get really cranky when that happens in the living room fellas. Otherwise, great setup. I think in the future all I will buy is the 3", it gets where I need it to.

RichEss  Denver, Colorado USA Read my reviews (7)
5 2-07-2014
Used for guitars and other stuff

I bought two of the 3" diameter pads, because I had an inexpensive, satin finished acoustic guitar that I just loved, but wanted to improve it's looks. I bought these and the Colortone Swirl Remover and took my time and carefully buffed and buffed that guitar's front, back and sides until they have a slight shine. I bought two because other's said they don't last long, but that one pad was used after buffing out the sating guitar finish to use with the swirl remover again to de-fog my daughter's cars headlight lenses. Only then with the much rougher use did this polishing pad start to show use. A single pad left me having a great looking formerly satin finished acoustic that now has a nice, soft shine and two daughters whose cars headlights are clear and shine much brighter at night. I'm sold on these.

J. Masters  Palm Bay, FL Read my reviews (4)
4 2-03-2014
Takes Some Practice, but Good

These take getting used to. How long do i buff? How much pressure do I use? Are the 2 main things that require learning. I've done 3 guitars w these pads. Better results each time. I have not been able to remove all the fine scratches however but it's not that hard to get a decent mirror finish. The keys to me are: Light pressure. The longer u buff the more scratches u create. Wetsand-2K grit. Start w fine compound. Finish w swirl remover. Also using the edge on the big pad for the flat sections works best b/c its the fastest spinning part of the pad.

johnnypk  Perry Hall,MD Read my reviews (5)
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2 1-14-2014
Cool but T-Shirt's Better

This thing sheds, or falls apart as you use it and foam bits get everywhere and it causes a high amount of static on the paint surface; then you've got the small bits of foam dust all over the surface; quite a mess! It sort of works but to be honest an old T-shirt and some elbow grease does a better job. I suggest buy something else.

Capt. Stubing  LA Cali.
5 12-27-2013
Works like it should, Great results

I've use it for polishing clear coat repairs, worked great. Rinsed & cleaned many times, still working great.

WBR Guitars  USA Read my reviews (9)
5 10-07-2013
Foam Polishing Pads

I can honestly say that I have not found anything quite like these in shape or performance, here in Europe to work as well!!!

TERRY TREW  Co.GALWAY. IRELAND Read my reviews (2)
5 8-28-2013
Great price!! Thank you Stewmac!

It works like a charm, excellent polish in a few minutes, after using your guitar buffer.

André Rossi  Curitiba - PR - Brasil Read my reviews (3)
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5 8-25-2013
Glad I gave them a try

I had two cotton buffing wheels and needed another to use with my fine compound. When I saw these i decided to give it a try, i got the 3" and am happy with the results. Will definitally get more once what I have wear out.

jered  munster, in Read my reviews (5)
5 7-12-2013
awesome polish product

i just receive today my polishing pad, is magnific, very fast shipping too i´ll buy again, thank you stewmac..Fausto

monalizarock  los mochis, sin. mexico Read my reviews (2)
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