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Foam Pads Explained

Posted by Jay Schneider. Filed under Foam Pads.
January 29, 2010

I have been asked from time to time to explain the principle behind foam pad surfaces and contours. There is no doubt that most of you are familiar with Lake Country Manufacturing and our CCS or Compressed Cell Structure pads. Some have explained there has been a possible price driven movement in the market place towards flat surfaced pads. The up front cost of the pad is only part of the whole equation. Pad surface configurations have been proven to be beneficial – whether from us or a competitor. Most manufacturers of pad surface designs claim their pads save time, money and resources. In most instances it is true!  With labor costs being one of the higher overhead costs, it is a very beneficial advantage to develop and market foam pads which prove themselves as a labor saving device. But of coarse it doesn’t stop there – pads such as our CCS also cuts costs by providing a surface whereby the polish stays on the finish, not soaked up into the foam pad. Doing so, the polish can do its job by working faster and more efficiently. You are just wasting your polish (and money!) when the polish is soaked up into the pads body –remember foam pads are sponges!  

 

Other types of foam pad surfaces may be and are not limited to curved, convoluted, diced, ground and sliced. All have claims – but remember each step of manufacturing these slick gizmos have costs the manufacturer more money to produce which is reflected in the cost. But with the high price of polishes, it may be time to look into pads which do claim to save you money in the long term than just buying a flat, cookie cut foam pad with the Velcro going out to the edge just waiting to overheat, suck up all of your polish then accidently burn the clear……

 

Scott McLain

Vice President

Sales & New Product Development

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