Originally Posted by Carol H
A trick to clean up the wool pads that a friend who works in an auto body repair shop taught me was to let the pad dry and then let the pad spin on the buffer & lightly touch it with the screw driver. A lot of the dried wax or compound on it will blow off of it, making it nice and pluffy again without washing it.
Works for a while, removing the heavy buildup. Once a month or so we used to gather all the buffing pads and take them to the laundromat. It also rounds off your screwdrivers, so use a junk one.
After burning out my 40 year old 10" buffer, I went with a Flex XC3401 and Maguiar's foam pads except for heavy compounding. Less swirl marks with the foam but you need an assortment for the different materials used.