The 10 Best Buffing Pads

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in June of 2016. Whether you’re looking to remove heavy oxidation from the hull of a boat or simply want to administer a fresh layer of wax to your car or truck, you’ll need a quality buffing pad to get the job done. Our selection features options capable of addressing every point of the paint correction process, and the majority can easily attach to pneumatic and electric polishers, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best buffing pad on Amazon.

10. Viking Car Care Microfiber

9. DeWalt DW4985CL Wool

8. Griot's Garage Fast Finishing

7. SPTA Sponge

6. 3M Double-Sided

5. Meguiar’s DFP6

4. Griot's Garage Red

3. TCP Global Ultimate

2. Petutu Car Kit

1. Chemical Guys Hex-Logic

Editor's Notes

May 17, 2019:

Since this wiki had fallen out of date, we gave it a complete overhaul that saw the addition of six new selections on top of the reestablishment of a few tried and true ones. Not surprisingly, the likes of Griot's Garage, Chemical Guys, Meguiar’s, GM, and DeWalt featured prominently on our list. We also included the Viking Car Care Microfiber for their rock-bottom price tag and versatility when it comes to light duty jobs and interior detailing. They won't last as long as some of the professional-grade options out there, but they're a solid choice to keep on hand for the odd task. If you're willing to pay a few dollars more for a heavier-duty option, we have the Petutu Car Kit up for consideration.

Chemical Guys Hex-Logic has continued to command the top spot because it remains one of the best options out there, and one of the few that comes with its own special cleaner to keep everything in good working order. Because they are so durably made and thoughtfully designed to enhance myriad finishes without leaving holograms or swirls, they are suitable for beginners and professionals alike.

For waxing, look to Griot's Garage Red, while for polishing there's the Meguiar’s DFP6. For tough jobs, we have the 3M Double-Sided and DEWALT DW4985CL Wool. The latter even comes with its own backing plate for convenience. Finally, for a reliable, middle-of-the-road option, you can't go wrong with the SPTA Sponge.


Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated on June 02, 2019 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.


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