Large-stroke random orbital machines can really run a buffing pad through its paces. Rupes® designed these pads to perform exceptionally well with their wonderful line of BigFoot® large-stroke random orbital machines.
Rupes Foam Buffing Pads and Microfiber Polishing Pads feature an angle-cut, flared edge design. This design allows pads to fit into tight areas with ease. The flared edge also conforms to concave or convex panel shapes gradually and comfortably. Angle-cutting the side of the pad eliminates excess pad mass, which gives the pad an agile feel, especially during high-speed polishing.
Rupes Pads are available in four sizes:
• 2.5" (62mm/70mm) Foam only
• 3" (80mm/100mm) Foam and Microfiber
• 5" (130mm/150mm) Foam and Microfiber
• 6" (150mm/180mm) Foam and Microfiber
The blue foam pad is designated by Rupes as being a hard cutting pad (look for an "H" in the part number). It is a large-pore, thick-wall design. This pad initially feels very rigid, but becomes more pliable and comfortable to use as the pad warms and saturates with buffing liquid. The wide open-cell design of this pad keeps it clog-free longer than traditional foam cutting pads, but it may sling a bit if too much compound is used. To control slinging, do not oversaturate or use an excess amount of compound with this pad.
The green foam pad is designated as being an intermediate cutting pad (look for a "J" in the part number). Compared to the blue pad, this pad utilizes a much smaller pore structure, and feels softer to the touch. Its performance characteristics are more in line with a typical high quality USA-made foam cutting pad. The green pad can leave a very nice finish, requiring only minimal follow-up polishing. Many users of this pad have reported it to be their favorite Rupes pad.
The yellow foam pad is designated as being a medium or fine polishing pad (look for an "M" in the part number). For general polishing duties, this pad is tough to beat. It can be used with heavy-cut compounds or finesse-polishes with great success. This pad is our best selling Rupes Foam Pad, and should be a staple in your pad arsenal as well.
The white foam pad is designated as being a soft or ultra-fine finishing pad (look for an "S" in the part number). It is very soft and pliable, and is the perfect choice for use on difficult-to-finish paint types.
The gray foam pad is the new for 2015 UHS Pad, and was designed specifically for use with Rupes UHS Ultra High Solid Solid Surface Polishing Compound. It can also be used with a variety of buffing liquids, including Rupes Zephr, Quarz, and Keramik Buffing Gels. This pad is very dense, and feels simliar to a very firm memory foam. As it warms during use, it becomes soft and pliable, enabling it to cut remarkably well, yet leave a scour-free finish. This pad should be cleaned often during use, in order to avoid saturation of the foam. Otherwise, the pad can be difficult to clean, because it does not collapse and recoil rapidly.
Save 15% when you purchase 4 or more similarly-sized FOAM pads.