Does anyone have a problem tossing old pads? The ones that are borderline ready to be trashed and could also get another use? They begin to stack up over time and find their way to the back of the shelf, waiting for one last go.
I’ll eventually find use for them! I recently have found two uses that worked out very well for me and also which got me thinking about this. Not only thinking about this, but I also felt better when it was time to toss them. Knowing I got full use of my Meguiar’s Cutting Discs!
So one of the great uses for an old worn cutting disc is window cleaning. Great for the removal of water stains and hard water etching. These are great pads to remove the minerals that build up. If I was to use a brand new pad for example, I would be pretty hesitant (even after cleaning it) to use it again on paint. Being that the sole purpose of the Cutting Disc is designed for paint, I would be hesitant because the amount of calcium, iron etc. would be pretty imbedded into the fibers of the pad after use on windows. So, I reach to the back of the shelf and find a few that have seen better days!
This picture above shows a pad that the micro-fibers have been worn thin. Along with one of my methods of action against window stains (Porter Cable, Cutting Disc and M105). This combo is very effective and works great. The windows should be cleaned (IPA several times) very well followed up with your choice of glass protection, otherwise it’s not worth the effort if not protected afterwards.
An old Meguiar’s Cutting disc will do a great job on the windows. The only down side is being able to get into the corners. The corners and some edges I usually follow up by hand with an all purpose microfiber towel and the same liquid source (M105 in this example) for all corners and edges.
Something that I see a lot of car windows suffer from here in FL is caused by sprinklers. Much like the Nissan windows in this documentation, they were horrible! Subjected to sprinklers for some time and mostly on the passenger side with this particular vehicle (routine parking in the same area). Irrigation systems are full of iron for the most part, whats coming out of there is good for our grass, not our vehicles. Iron and calcium builds up and is a very hard mineral. Once those minerals get into our Meg’s cutting pads they cause the fibers to become very stiff and tied together. This is very difficult to clean thoroughly if using a brand new disc.
An old medium or heavy cut foam pad may be just as effective. Although I personally would still refrain from using them again on paint after touching a heavy stained window.
As you can see! This is one effective way of cleaning glass and getting the most of your DA Meguiar’s Microfiber Cutting Discs. After a glass treatment like this I have no problem playing Frisbee golf with the trash can and a old pad! Feels good to know I took it for all it was worth and got an over expected use of a great pad.
Pad cycling! Hope you enjoyed! Feel free to share your way of cleaning glass with heavy hard water stains! I’ve seen so many great ways of this done by others and have tried many myself. But I’m very particular about keeping my pads separate for their time and use!
Thanks for reading! Lets fill this area below up with some other great ways of cleaning glass!