DRC 1000 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Buffing Tips

What makes the DRC 1000 buffing pad different?

DRC stands for Diagonally Recessed Center, which means that the center of the pad is recessed. Sabo Industries has actually removed the center, creating a cone-shaped recession. This is a patented improvement which prevents the center of the pad from becoming saturated with buffing compound. This is an exclusive feature of the DRC 1000. No other pad on the market can deliver the benefits this feature provides.

Why is the recessed center important?

The recessed center eliminates saturation in the middle of the pad which requires longer buffing times due to smearing of compounds or polish. With no compounds absorbing into the foam center, there is less waste of expensive compounds and polishes. The DRC1000 keeps compounds and polish out on the working surface of the pad where they can do their work. The video clip on the home page clearly demonstrates this. The benefit of a large flat working surface is more positive contact. This helps to break down compounds more efficiently in a shorter amount of time.

What other benefits does the DRC1000 offer?

The tapered edge of the DRC1000 pad allows for detailed buffing in hard-to-reach areas such as style lines, door handle pockets, wheel lip areas and under mirrors. It also improves your vision of the work surface. Other benefits include a recessed mounting hole which makes for easy alignment and attachment of the pad to the backing disc. Centering holes in the pad and backing disc allow easy first-time alignment.

How do I know what color DRC1000 pad to use?

Generally speaking, all pads may be used on all type of surfaces, but remember to use the least aggressive buffing pad and the least aggressive compound combination to achieve the desired results. This also ensures that you won't create more work for yourself than necessary.

Prior to buffing, determine the surface being buffed. Is it:

  • Fresh paint/two stage: base coat/clear coat
  • Fresh paint/single stage
  • Factory finish
  • Fiberglass/Gel-coat
  • Plastic
  • Varnish (boats and furniture-type finishes)

Not certain if the surface is a clear coat (basecoat/clear coat) finish? Take a clean white buff cloth or contrasting color to the finish. In an inconspicuous place, use a light compound and rub lightly in a small area. You will be able to see color on the buff cloth if it is a single-stage finish. The cloth will appear clean (without color) if it is a clear coat finish. Single-stage finishes will require a bit more attention to the surface condition while polishing. You are actually removing some color while polishing so be sure not to lighten the color by removing too much paint during the polishing process.

How do I maintain the DRC1000 pads?

You can easily and quickly maintain pads by cleaning them frequently with our original Pad Conditioner ®.

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