Scotch Brite Pads Vs. Steele Wool question

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Forum topic by HuntleyBill posted 01-11-2011 03:05 AM 4521 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2011 03:05 AM

I have seen in many posts people recommending using scotch brite pads instead of 0000 Steal wool. I can’t seem to find anyone at the stores ( including Rockler ) who can tell me which color scotch brite pad in comparable to 0000 steal wool.

Is there such a thing? If so, what color do I need?

Thank you

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 03:31 AM

Best sources I’ve found are the automotive body shop supply stores. Any of them that sell OEM finishes will have the scotchbrite.

I find that I use the red more than the white, but do use both for both oil and lacquer finishes.

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 03:55 AM

According to this white is finer than 0000

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 06:13 AM

I have also never tried white. The finest I have used is grey. I didn’t even know there was finer ones out there. I should look next time I am out. Thanks

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 06:31 AM

Never heard of this before- looks like I will be trying these out.
I find that the steel wool tends to leave its little fibres sometimes in certain projects. Usually in places hard to get into.
I just read that they are only good on stabalized wood, is that true?
Do you use them in the same manner as the steel wool?

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#6 posted 03-28-2013 07:07 PM

White is equivalent to the 0000 steel wool. Jeff Jewitt has a good article in Fine Woodworking #159. I have used all colors of Scotch-Brite pads for years as well as steel wool. Experimentation is best on sample pieces. Steel wool will get into finer places than the white pads and the small fibers can be blown out with air. It’s best to use a block behind the white pads to avoid uneven rub out on flat surfaces. I may be mistaken but believe Klingspor Woodworking carries the white pads.

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