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Sep 22nd, 2015 at 11:21pm
 
My question is what is you preference in finishing cloth when applying a friction finish , I have used drop cloths ,old  t- shirts , even some of the old red shop rags - I am curious does anybody have a preference to apply a friction polish ?
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Reply #1 - Sep 23rd, 2015 at 12:45am
 
Toilet paper or paper towel.

I never use true fabric on things that are spinning in the lathe - I am attached to my fingers and prefer that they remain attached to me.
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Reply #2 - Sep 23rd, 2015 at 1:16am
 
I use small 3-4" pieces of COTTON t-shirt material.  Anything larger has a chance of taking a finger off.  Do NOT use polyester or other manmade material, as it can melt from the heat needed by the friction polish and melt into the surface.
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Reply #3 - Sep 23rd, 2015 at 7:56am
 
Ditto on the small pieces of cloth.  Also, knits like t-shirt fabric tend to shed less fiber from the cut edges, and all cotton fabric seems to work best for applying friction polish.  Wool works well for buffing down waxes.
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Reply #4 - Sep 23rd, 2015 at 12:34pm
 
paper towel.
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Blue paper towel.
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Reply #6 - Sep 23rd, 2015 at 2:58pm
 
White or natural paper towels
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Reply #7 - Sep 24th, 2015 at 8:23am
 
Paper towels...
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Reply #8 - Sep 24th, 2015 at 12:38pm
 
My wife's flannel night gown, cut into 3 inch wide x 4 inch long patches. Also works good for gun bore patches.

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Reply #9 - Sep 24th, 2015 at 1:15pm
 
"My wife's flannel night gown, cut into 3 inch wide x 4 inch long patches."
and your wife keeps looking better and better......
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Reply #10 - Sep 24th, 2015 at 9:01pm
 
Blue paper towel for me
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Reply #11 - Oct 6th, 2015 at 7:38am
 
Paper towel is actually equal to approx. 1200 grit sandpaper - works VERY well for polishing and buffing.
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Reply #12 - Nov 29th, 2015 at 8:21am
 
I use soft cotton bed sheets (but not felt or silk). Cut the strips wider for polish than CA. One sheet last a long time.  I also use sheets for cleaning guns because felt may unravel and enter the works from the hammer slot and jam or cause a delayed discharge. It will also stick in the CA when applying it. I put a drop or three on the sheet held over my finger tip and wipe it back and forth. It leaves a smooth layer, requiring much less sanding.
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Reply #13 - Nov 29th, 2015 at 8:24am
 
william trench wrote on Sep 24th, 2015 at 1:15pm:
"My wife's flannel night gown, cut into 3 inch wide x 4 inch long patches."
and your wife keeps looking better and better......


Best answer yet. You have to have a cooperating wife though.
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Re: Finishing cloth preference for friction finish/polish...
Reply #14 - Nov 29th, 2015 at 12:43pm
 
I use white paper shop rags from SAMs. Comes in a boxed in a large roll. Just pull out what you need. Same texture as blue shop towels
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