Priming foam and microfiber pads before you use them for detailing is a simple but important step. For foam pads, you want to apply a small amount of your product, like a polish or compound, and then spread it evenly over the surface of the pad. This helps to ensure that the pad is fully coated and ready to go, reducing the risk of dry buffing, which can cause swirls and scratches. For microfiber pads, the process is similar. Just dab some product onto the pad and use your fingers or a brush to work it into the fibers. This not only ensures an even application but also helps to maximize the pad's performance. By priming your pads, you're setting yourself up for a smoother, more effective detailing session.