Pad Material Science
NOT ALL PAD FOAMS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Reticulated Foam (Open Cell)
In reticulated foam (also known as open cell foam), there are very few, if any, intact bubbles or cell windows. The structure is very similar to a net.
- Resistance to compression is decreased (the same foam will feel less firm if reticulated).
- Tear resistance is increased, making pads more durable, reducing heat and increasing performance on long throw DA polishers.
- More compound and polish will be absorbed than with non-reticulated foam, however reticulated foams are more durable and typically increase the longevity of the cutting power during the polishing cycle.
Non-reticulated foam pores are completely sealed with windows intact or film covering the cell. Due to the density and construction, polish becomes more difficult to absorb, keeping the polish or abrasive on the surface, which increases working time and efficiency of the polishing cycle.
- Closed cell pads reduce the absorption of polish and keep abrasive on the pad surface to increase performance and save on polish usage.
- Reduced durability of the foam product leads to a shorter lifespan in comparison to open cell variations.
Specialty Blends For Specialty Jobs
Microfiber for Cutting & Polishing
If you have a cutting or polishing task to get done, there’s an LC microfiber pad that’s up to the job. All three microfiber pad designs are precisely sized to minimize overhang and apply even pressure.
- White cutting pad: With a durable blue foam interface that delivers a balanced, smooth operating experience, this cutting pad works on tools with backing plates up to 6 inches.
- Light cutting pad: Consider this ultra-plush pad your “one-step” option. It’s the closest you can get to an all-in-one pad!
- Black polishing pad: Leaves a sleek, haze-free finish on dark surfaces – even black.
Microfiber Mini Pads
Mini microfiber pads make the most of every usable surface, making it possible to access all those tough-to-reach areas. These 1.5” and 2.25” pads are perfect for use with a mini long-throw polisher or micro polisher.
A Grade Above The Competition
Knitted wool pads combine the performance benefits of traditional lambswool with the ability to blend materials to suit specific cutting or finishing needs, all while ensuring a consistent quality from pad to pad. Compared to traditional wool pads, knitted pads reduce the amount of shedding or linting. Our signature foamed wool pads are known around the world for their cushioned feel and finishing ability.
Created from only the highest grade wool and proprietary blends of materials, LC’s knitted wool pads deliver best-in-class results. If you have a project that calls for a wool pad, we offer (or create) a solution, no matter the application or the machine.
Signature Foamed Wools
Aggressively removes P1500 scratches and finishes to high gloss in one step. Cuts like natural sheepskin but finishes like a foam pad, leaving a lustrous finish.
Interlocking the wool fibers, a polyurethane foam is blended and embedded in the base of the knitted wool, creating more surface area and reducing pile flattening.
Pre-washed Knitted Wool
Work cleaner and reduce contamination of the environment in body shop and OEM applications where it matters most.
The manufacturing process ensures uniform material, unlike natural sheepskin, which varies in consistency. A higher density product makes the material resist caking and matting.
The Original Pad Material
During the steaming process, the strands bloom and swell.
Steamed wool reduces the amount of wool that is initially shed from the pad during first use.
Visually, the pad appears plusher, with a firmer feel.
Unsteamed Pads (Traditional)
Due to the tighter sewn strands, these pads are more aggressive in their function.
During first-time use, there will be a greater amount of blow-off. There will be minimal shedding for the remaining life of the pad.