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Louie Powell
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Non-woven abrasive pads
Oct 22nd, 2017 at 6:25pm
 
This is probably a dumb question, but I've been doing Google searches off and on for months and can't find an answer - - -

Non-woven abrasive pads are recommended as an alternative to steel wool. The advantages are that they are safer because they won't catch, there is no oil on them to contaminate the surface, they conform to whatever profile the surface may have, and supposedly they offer a longer life because they don't clog up, and can actually be washed.

Sounds great? And my experience is that they do work very well as part of a finishing sequence. I routinely use a gray pad to de-nib between applications of finish.

But the question is - how do you know that a pad has worn out?
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Re: Non-woven abrasive pads
Reply #1 - Oct 22nd, 2017 at 6:47pm
 
Louie Powell wrote on Oct 22nd, 2017 at 6:25pm:
how do you know that a pad has worn out? 


In my experience, you need to pay attention to it. The pad will start to burninsh rather than cut. If I suspect it is worn to that point, I will wash it thoroughly, wipe down the wood and try again. I try a few test passes and If no dust is on the pad, it's done.

Louie Powell wrote on Oct 22nd, 2017 at 6:25pm:
Non-woven abrasive pads are recommended as an alternative to steel wool.


There is also products like 3M synthetic steel wool (not a pad)
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Reply #2 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 9:15am
 
I had to do a bit of searching, first out in the shop, then online.
I have used a product called Fibral Abrasive Wool. Looks and works like steel wool.
It seems a bit difficult to find these days. I located a limited selection at Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register,

Why is it that the products you like, last and last, then when you want to buy them again, you can't?  Undecided Angry
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Reply #3 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 10:48am
 
Yep... when I finally find a shirt I like, i go right back to that site and buy 6 more!! If i wait till I need another shirt, they are gone! Shocked
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Reply #4 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 1:16pm
 
Not to take this too far off topic, but Home Depot in the US shows on its site that it carries 3M synthetic steel wool.
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Reply #5 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 9:28pm
 
Ralph wrote: Yep... when I finally find a shirt I like, i go right back to that site and buy 6 more!!

Hopefully the next 6 will fit by the time you wear the first one out! Grin
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Reply #6 - Oct 25th, 2017 at 10:39am
 
Sadly, the 4th one was getting tight!! Cry Grin
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