I get a lot of calls and emails regarding the lifespan of a buffing pad, here is my take. Whether it is foam or microfiber or surbuf - as you all know the more aggressive the cut the faster it will wear out etc. I relate this to high performance tires (mf cutting pad, yellow foam pad), if you take your car to the track you will see your tires get worn out much quicker than an all season tire (polishing pad) Heat plays a factor and delamination and significant wear will happen, if you are pro detailer I feel you have to take in to account the costs involve and it will make it easier on you over time. I have seen pads fall apart over a few panels of compounding and I have seen pads last 3-5 full corrections. Overall I have seen pads improve over the last few years. The more we report back to the manufacturers the faster we will all see change. What are your thoughts?