Old T-Shirts for Applying Finish??

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by Matt in Franklin posted 225 days ago 515 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Matt in Franklin's profile

Matt in Franklin

231 posts in 246 days

225 days ago

Hi all,

Would you advise the use of my old t-shirts (think Hanes/FoTL) as wiping rags for applying stains/oils/varnishes? Or would these be more suitable as cleanup rags?

-- I'm just a simple caveman

11 replies so far

View bondogaposis's profile


2493 posts in 985 days

#1 posted 225 days ago

Yep, they’re very good for that use.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View pintodeluxe's profile


3335 posts in 1447 days

#2 posted 225 days ago

That will work fine for applying stains. I either use lint free washrags, or spray on stain. Both methods work fine, although spraying is quicker on large or complex projects.

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

View TheDane's profile


3741 posts in 2297 days

#3 posted 225 days ago

Yup … I cut them into squares (about 8” x 8”) and use them to apply Danish Oil and wipe-on varnishes/poly.

Just make sure they are clean.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

13827 posts in 972 days

#4 posted 225 days ago

Should work fine. Some of the store bought rags you get are cut up Tshirts.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

View Marcus's profile


1044 posts in 653 days

#5 posted 225 days ago

I almost exclusively use t-shirts for finishing. I have a ton of undershirts from work that get some pretty nasty pit stains on them, so I cut the non nasty parts out and used them in the shop. Work great.

View gfadvm's profile


10737 posts in 1324 days

#6 posted 225 days ago

I buy those boxes of cut up T shirts at HD to apply stain and shellac. Works great.

I WEAR my old T shirts until my wife throws them out!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View jerrells's profile


849 posts in 1518 days

#7 posted 224 days ago

YEP they work great at this workshop

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

View gtbuzz's profile


351 posts in 1075 days

#8 posted 224 days ago

They’ll work fine for that. One thing I’ll recommend is after you cut them up, run them through the wash a few times so that any loose fibers on the edges get broken away in the washing machine or dryer.

View Danpaddles's profile


535 posts in 946 days

#9 posted 224 days ago

I think the ones you’ve worn for 4 years are better then the boxed rags at the BORG. Less lint on the shirts you’ve washed 50 times.

Don’t know of any better rags for woodworking.

-- Dan V. in Indy

View GOOD LUCK TO ALL's profile


418 posts in 361 days

#10 posted 224 days ago

I only use white ones.

View Matt in Franklin's profile

Matt in Franklin

231 posts in 246 days

#11 posted 224 days ago

I cut up about 30 of my old white T-shirts last night. I had been saving them for a couple three years or so to use as general cleaning rags for paint or grease, but I think now I have a better use for them.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase