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Eric

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2199 days ago

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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pashley

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#1 posted 2199 days ago

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 2199 days ago

The Scotch-Brite doesn’t leave scratch marks?

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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#3 posted 2199 days ago

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&

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 2199 days ago

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#5 posted 2199 days ago

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

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#6 posted 2199 days ago

Wiping varnish.

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 2199 days ago

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

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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teenagewoodworker

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#8 posted 2199 days ago

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 2198 days ago

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 2198 days ago

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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