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mathom7

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06-09-2010 06:25 AM

Trying to stain more instead of paint and I have a quick question. I’ve been using shop towels to remove stain after applying. I’ve just been tossing them after use, and it seems I go through a few for even small surfaces. It’s starting to get a little annoying and costly.

What do you all use for stain removal? Do you wash and reuse your shop towels?


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#1 posted 06-09-2010 07:19 AM

Depending on the type of stain your using some can spontaneously combustion on rags or paper towels causing a fire if not disposed of properly.

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#2 posted 06-09-2010 01:22 PM

Old T-shirts or similar type cloth.

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#3 posted 06-09-2010 02:00 PM

Never ever through your shop towels in the family washing machine. First, if your married and you ruin some thing of her clothing because of a chemical reaction, you will pay dearly. Second, that is considered polluting, like pouring old drain oil in the storm sewer. Third, residuals can linger in the tub of the washer and dtain cloths down the road.
Leave your shop rags out in the sun to dry, then store them in a metal covered metal can. Linseed oil and others can spontaneously ignite, as a1Jim stated earlier. I buy white cloth rags by the box. They are made out of the soft tee shirt cotton fabric. Use them, dry them, and toss them away. Compared to shop rags, they are cheap.

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mathom7

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 01:08 AM

Thanks for the info Union, where do you normally by your rags? About how much do they run?

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#5 posted 06-10-2010 01:14 AM

Usually I use a cotton rag. I get them from my ML Campbell distributer, couldn’t tell you what they cost right now – If you need to know I can find out.

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#6 posted 06-10-2010 01:36 AM

Mathom, I use paper shop towels and leave them outside overnight to avoid the problem of spontaneous combustion, as Jim mentions.

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#7 posted 06-10-2010 04:13 AM

Sawdust works well also

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#8 posted 06-10-2010 04:36 AM

in my area you can contact goodwill stores office and they will sell you all the clean rags you need for a decent price. i would think all the other areas would also. i am in maine

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#9 posted 06-10-2010 05:59 AM

I have a store near by that sells lint free rags for like 5 bucs for a lot of rags but not all the time. I would just look around at different stores til you find a good deal. I do use a lot of old shits, just about whatever I can find not owned by the wife.

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#10 posted 06-10-2010 07:21 AM

You have to watch the bargin store rags. Lots of times they will be polyester :-((

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 03:03 PM

If you are using cloth rags you need to be a little concerned about lint. I use Scott Shop Towels. They are blue and they are marketed primarily for industrial use. They have great absorbance and generate no lint. I’m able to buy them at Sam’s Club.

I keep a lidded metal pail in my finishing room that is half full of water and I toss all my used towels in it. Of course, I have to clean it out regularly.

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#12 posted 06-10-2010 03:12 PM

I use old clean t-shirts.

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Jahness

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#13 posted 03-22-2011 07:44 AM

I use the cheapest rags and old socks, t-shirts, whatever and toss them in a bucket filled with water when done.

-- John

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#14 posted 03-22-2011 08:33 AM

Laundromat

twice the bang for your buck. Never wash them in your own machine and get caught, should you have a partner. lol

cotton, lint free, anything else sucks

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#15 posted 03-22-2011 09:30 AM

I’m not the professional stainer most of these guys are, but like you I am try to stain more and more. This is what I have been using. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100676332/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 They have work great as far as I can tell cheap, 200 for under $10…...no up keep….lint free I saw Charles Neil using paper towels on a video.

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