To fit a self-adhesive backed pad onto a flat plate you should first of all remove the plate from the machine and place on a clear surface. Removal all trace of previous pad / adhesive and clean thoroughly. Peel back a small section of the paper that covers the adhesive and apply to the edge of the plate, careful to ensure that positioning is good. Ease off more of the backing paper whilst pushing the pad down onto the plate gradually, ensuring that no air pockets are allowed to form. Use a clean rolling pin / round bar to press the pad down onto the plate as you continue to ease off the backing paper until the whole pad is secured. Roll over the pad with the rolling pin to ensure it has been fixed well and check for any bumps. On soft cloths it is possible to pierce any small bumps that are found with a sharp knifeto allow the trapped air out, after which they can be rolled flat. A newly fitted pad should be conditioned thoroughly before use- harder pads can be conditioned with a diamond conditioner, softer pads with a conditioning ring. The polishing slurry should be dripped onto the pad during the conditioning.