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I was just wondering what everyone uses to remove dust from your projects before finishing. I have tried vacuuming, tack cloth, and dampended rag with mineral spirits. I dont paticular like the tack cloth alone since it takes a lot of them if the project is big. I dont think vacuuming gets all of the dust. I tend to use the vac, then the rag with mineral spirits.



-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 1643 days ago

use naphtha.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 1643 days ago

I really avoid having highly combustable solvents and rags in the shop. One trip down Murphy’s Law Lane is all it takes.

Usually my Fein Turbo II vac with the dusting brush is all I need. A damp rag will remove dust and also raise the “whiskers” which can then be removed with a light sanding of 220 or 320.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 1643 days ago

I blow it off, then wipe with ms

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 1643 days ago

Vacuum, damp rag, fine sandpaper, vacum, dry rag, apply finish.

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#5 posted 1643 days ago

Greetings Wayne…. First off, I don’t like tack cloths… they just don’t cut it with me. I blow all the dust off with the air hose ,use the duster attachnemt on my shop vac , then wipe it down with a damp cloth with mineral spirits. If it’s not too bad, then just wipe it with a damp rag of water. I like the m.s. best, though.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#6 posted 1643 days ago

Blow off with the compressor, then tack cloth it.

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#7 posted 1643 days ago

I am with you, Wayne. I use my shop vac to pull the dust from the corners and wipe it down with mineral spirits.

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#8 posted 1643 days ago

So, I may just not empty my tank enough but the Air Compr. also tosses a lot of moisture onto your project, again with the “whiskers”
Vacuum a soft bristle scrub brush & Chammie cloth together and a soft bristles brush (barbers brush works great) for corners while you vacuum.
Should work as long as you have good dust control for your vacuum and it isn’t just putting more dust on your project.

-- Jen loves wood!

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#9 posted 1643 days ago

I blow them off with a compressor them wipe them done with a soft cloth and some thinner. I cut up my old T-shirts as they seem to work well for this.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#10 posted 1643 days ago

I hit it with atack cloth, but then go back over it with a m.s. soaked rag.

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#11 posted 1642 days ago

I dust with a soft brush and blow it off with compressed air. I’ll rub it with a clean cloth or a tack cloth if I have one around, but I don’t rub with solvents.

-- Glen

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#12 posted 1642 days ago

Thanks for all the comments folks. I like the idea of using the air compressor, but I think I would want to do that outside so the dust doesnt blow arouind in the shop. The snow is knee deep so I will have to resort to the vac and damp cloth. I was hoping maybe someone knew of a dustless sander or saw that I could
use. :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 1642 days ago

I use air too, but I blow it off while my lathe is spinning. You do need to dump the tank first. I do like to turn.

-- I like to turn

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#14 posted 1642 days ago

I vacuum and then use microfiber tack cloth. I was never a tack cloth fan until I tried using the microfiber cloths. Unlike regular tack cloth, they’re easily cleaned and reusable.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#15 posted 1642 days ago

I’m a little weary of mineral spirits from the standpoint of bad fumes and combustion so I’ve never done that.

I’ve always just used an old cut up tee shirt- and I’m not sure I know what I’m missing (whether that is a good thing or a bad thing- I’m ignorant of the difference).

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