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Forum topic by comboprof posted 301 days ago 625 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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301 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question tack cloth

About 12 years ago my wife bought 50 Gerson Tack cloths for resale in her craft and Fiber shop. Well they did not all sell and we have some left over. I decided to start using them, but discovered that even though they are still in their packaging, they have become a little stiff. How can I revive them in to service? Heat?

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)


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#1 posted 301 days ago

I would try moistening them with a little bit of turpentine and see if that helps.

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#2 posted 301 days ago

What are you using them for? If it is for finishing, I would skip them in favor of cheese cloth.
The cheese cloth works great for cleaning up sanding dust prior to finishing, and has no sticky residue.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 301 days ago

Yes I was using them on pine prior to finishing. I will try both the plain cheese cloth and the turpentine and see which I like better. BTW I never had an issue with sticky residue from a tack cloth.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#4 posted 301 days ago

For a tack cloth I use a piece of cotton, wet with mineral spirits. Works great.

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#5 posted 301 days ago

Jim’s idea is a good one. I usually substitute naphtha or denatured alcohol for the mineral spirits. These solvents evaporate more quickly.

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#6 posted 301 days ago

Paper towel and naptha.

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#7 posted 300 days ago

Tack clothes were the rage and EVERYONE used them years ago. Then I read an article that said you could do as well with a regular cloth and thinner. Everyone has stopped using them as evidenced by your wife’s bad luck at selling those through the years. Moisten them with solvent and use them up. Replace them with a box of rags.

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#8 posted 300 days ago

Years ago befor the explosion of internet information was when I started wood working and yes tack cloths were the bee’s knee’s. Now after a 15+ year absence I find otherwise. Thanks Grandpa for the perfect response to my original post.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#9 posted 298 days ago

I’ve found that tack cloths pick up and hold sawdust than just a rag and mineral spirits. And they don’t stink.

I have quite a few Gerson tack cloths (the dry tack variety) and while they don’t hold much they are great for getting off dust prior to putting down finish. And they never leave stickiness on the work.

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