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07-17-2008 05:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: steel wool residue

I noticed that when buffing my recent project with steel wool (00000), there seems to be residue being left in the open pores of the wood. I’ve tried using a toothbrush to get it out, but I’m not satisfied with that.

Is there an alternative to steel wool, or a better way to remove the residue? All I need to do is take off some of the gloss, so would just a nice soft cloth do the same thing?

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com


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#1 posted 07-17-2008 06:20 AM

You might want to try a Scotch-Brite pad; they leave no residue. Steel wool will also interact with any water you might have in a finish, leaving black specks. I avoid it.

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#2 posted 07-17-2008 06:23 AM

The Scotch-Brite doesn’t leave scratch marks?

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#3 posted 07-17-2008 08:47 AM

The standard green stuff is pretty coarse (like the kind used for pots and pans), you have to get the “super fine” gray stuff that is similar to steel wool…

Check this out: http://users.ameritech.net/knives/grits.htm#scotch

Also, check out the Mirka Mirlon product/s: http://www.mirka.com/mirlon_wood?mid=5D29A50E-CCF9-48F5-B89B-215ECF31D232&

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#4 posted 07-17-2008 08:58 AM

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#5 posted 07-17-2008 09:46 AM

a painters tack cloth might help.
Eric, are you talking about bare wood or painted?.

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#6 posted 07-17-2008 09:53 AM

Wiping varnish.

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#7 posted 07-17-2008 02:36 PM

The big box stores sell sanding sponges. The finest one is great for knocking down a gloss or rubbing out nibs.

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#8 posted 07-17-2008 02:38 PM

i heard this from charles neil. haven’t tried it out yet but try using a brown paper bag. he said that it is equivalent to around 4000 grit.

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#9 posted 07-17-2008 07:02 PM

I use swiffer duster pads to remove dust and steel wool leavings and general cleanup before applying finish. They work GREAT.

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#10 posted 07-18-2008 12:56 AM

Don’t forget that there is also Bronze wool. The local hardware store carries it in stock and it works great. In my experience it doesn’t seem to be as brittle and leave little pieces behind. A friend who does a lot of marine work suggested it to me….

Take a look at this Link. You can also just google Bronze wool for a ton more info.

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