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

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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


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 225 days ago

Yep, they’re very good for that use.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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pintodeluxe

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#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

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TheDane

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#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!"

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Monte Pittman

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#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

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Marcus

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#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.

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gfadvm

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#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

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jerrells

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#7 posted 224 days ago

YEP they work great at this workshop

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

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gtbuzz

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#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.

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Danpaddles

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#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

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#10 posted 224 days ago

I only use white ones.

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Matt in Franklin

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#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

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