What is it:
Description taken from the Chemical Guys UK website - a stockist of the system; The Grit Guard Universal Pad Washer is the first and only pad washer that cleans and dries all types of buffing pads on virtually any machine in seconds. The Universal Pad Washer Cleans foam pads, wool pads, hex-logic and convoluted foam pads, and buffing bonnets. The Universal Pad Washer works with virtually any machine, Flex, DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Black and Decker, Hitachi, and many more. Cleaning pads with a DA has never been easier. The Universal Pad Washer accommodates any dual action polisher as well.
How we tested it:
We purchased the pad washer for ourselves to satisfy our need to be able to frequently cleanse and refresh pads during use and to trial different product combinations during detailing. We have put the machine through rigorous testing with various machines and foam and microfiber pads. We have used a multitude of products on the pads, different levels of saturation and ages of pad, observing how well the system cleans and refreshes the pads and increases longevity of use.
We Didn't Like:
If you use a machine polisher, at home or particularly as a trade user, this system is an absolute must. Prior to purchase we would find ourselves changing pad multiple times during the vehicle and often running out of pads if a particularly problematic paint system meant that you needed to try various product combinations. With the pad cleaning system, you can trial a combo, cleanse, try another, cleanse until happy, then after a panel you can cleanse the pad again rather than putting wear and tear on multiple pads. All within about 30 seconds! Expensive to buy but long term very much worth the outlay.