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    Cleaning LSP Applicators After Use

    What you do you guys do with your LSP applicator pads after use? I have a bunch of the Buff and Shine red foam wax applicator pads that I use for things like 845 and Jescar Power lock - but stuff like that is a bear to clean out of these pads.

    • What are you guys using to clean these types of pads?
    • Do you normally put them in the washing machine or clean then by hand. I`m hesitant about putting them in my washing machine for obvious reasons........



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    Re: Cleaning LSP Applicators After Use

    Ah, just used 845 on the `93 Audi, along with FK1000P.

    I wash applicators by hand, never having had good results with the washing machine. They just didn`t get clean (no real worries about contaminating the washer, but I guess it could happen).

    In the past I`ve just used APC or Dawn Power Dissolver, which were always effective but took a *LOT* of rinsing. But then I got a freebie sample of Wolfgang Pad Cleaner with an order and I will say that stuff really works great. I`d always sorta dismissed all the rave reviews of Pad Cleaners (yes, Stokdgs...thinking of you and Snappy Clean ), but now I`m rethinking that. Not that I`ll switch until I use up all my old stuff.

    Heh heh, somebody here`s gonna say "just pitch them!" but I`m not like that
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    Re: Cleaning LSP Applicators After Use

    I throw my saver applicators in the wash with my towels. I only use sealants so not so mucked up. If I weee using wax I’d soak in snappy clean for a while, rinse, wash machine.


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    Re: Cleaning LSP Applicators After Use

    Quote Originally Posted by Coatings=crack View Post
    I throw my saver applicators in the wash with my towels. I only use sealants so not so mucked up...
    Huh, the Sealants I use won`t even come out of MFs unless I pretreat `em! My applicators just seem to float around in the wash without getting all the [stuff] worked out of them.

    Just another of those !YMMV! things, but I`m always envious of people who find easy solutions that work for them

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    Re: Cleaning LSP Applicators After Use

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Huh, the Sealants I use won`t even come out of MFs unless I pretreat `em! My applicators just seem to float around in the wash without getting all the [stuff] worked out of them.

    Just another of those !YMMV! things, but I`m always envious of people who find easy solutions that work for them
    Yeah had that issue with applicator in top loader. I only use specific towels for sealant removal so don’t know if they lost absorbency (still remove no problem). Washing with my drying and waterless towels hasn’t affected them so far. I wash them on hot maybe that helps


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    Re: Cleaning LSP Applicators After Use

    The yellow foam ones I toss after they get too worn or very dirty. They are just too cheap for me to worry about cleaning them. I seal them in plastic bags marked with the name of the product used to keep from cross contaminating.

    The microfiber pads I wash after a few uses. They hold up much better than the yellow foam applicators. I am no longer buying the yellow foam applicators.
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    Re: Cleaning LSP Applicators After Use

    Quote Originally Posted by Coatings=crack View Post
    Yeah had that issue with applicator in top loader....
    Hey, you got me thinking! I`ve never tried putting an applicator in the FRONT loading HE washer, only in the Top loading washers. Hmmm...it`s not like they`ll "just float around on top without getting any agitation" in the front loader..thanks for kickstarting my brain

    The yellow foam ones I toss after they get too worn or very dirty. They are just too cheap for me to worry about cleaning them...


    INSERT quip about your being a Pro who can Expense them Sorry, couldn`t resist...

    I seal them in plastic bags marked with the name of the product used to keep from cross contaminating.
    Yeah, same here. I once left on in the can of FK1000P a bit too long and found out how potent its solvents are

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    Re: Cleaning LSP Applicators After Use

    I use the same procedure for all my pads and applicators and it seems to work well.
    At the end of the day, I spray them with LATA, diluted 1:1 and work it in with a soft brush. Then they get tossed in a bucket of hot water with Dawn and left to soak for at least overnight. The next day they get a thorough rinse, squeeze out the excess water and left on the rack to dry. Usually, I find a bunch of silt on the bottom of the soak bucket. I`m only a weekender and have enough pads that I can afford to have them out of service for a couple days. If I need one back in service quicker, I`ll stick it on my rotary and spin it dry. So far it seems to work on everything except Poorboys Black Hole on a B&S Supersoft White pad. The black dye in that stuff must be pretty stout.

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    Re: Cleaning LSP Applicators After Use

    I pre-wash/scrub applicators in the sink with a de-greaser or APC to get 95% of the crap out. Then I launder with the MF towels. Seems to work well and doesn`t leave a mess in the washer.
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