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    Scotch-Brite Pads

    When doing light sanding or abrading there are times that a synthetic microfiber pad like Scotch-Brite would be a better choice over sandpaper or any of the "wools". They can be used by hand, or with a block, or just add it to a ROS (random orbit sander) that has a sanding disk already on it, as it will stick to the sandpaper. Here is a chart with the pad color and it's sanding grit equivalent.





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    Good tip, and resource...Thanks Mike!
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    Thank you for this Mike. I actually used this stuff on my vanity for the first time.

    My only issue is that the numbers shown dont always appear with the product and in my case I only had one gray among my bunch of white maroon green and grey.

    Here on this list for the first time i see three shades of grey referred to and the grit change is significant. Its one of the reasons i was hesitant to use my grey because when i tried it as a scuffing agent between coats of enduro i felt it was being too rough.

    Do you have any ideas on how to tell which is which. Whats light grey to some is grey to others ditto for dark grey. For a company like 3M you would think they would have made another color.
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    I love using the 3M pads on my turnings as they help remove any concentric scratches I may have left with regular sandpaper. The irregular placement of the grit on the pads creates a completely different scratch pattern and saves me a lot of time.

    I also cut discs of various sizes from the pads to be held with my hook and loop pads and power sand with the 3M material. It really puts a good finish on the wood. Just like sandpaper don't sand at high drill or lathe speed.
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    I have always wondered the breakdown on 3M pads, now I know Printed and saved as a pdf, thanks Mike

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    Good chart Mike, I use the red pads mostly but the white pads for buffing out oil projects. I fix one to a random sander and then make up a comet and thinner solution to a paste and go at it. Works great for smoothing out before waxing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hawksford View Post
    Good chart Mike, I use the red pads mostly but the white pads for buffing out oil projects. I fix one to a random sander and then make up a comet and thinner solution to a paste and go at it. Works great for smoothing out before waxing.
    Maybe just a difference in our finishing techniques, but I wouldn't use wax on anything. IMO, it doesn't last very long, and would need periodic application, and offers little to no protection. Using it precludes any further finishing, other than just more wax. I prefer finishes that are maintenance free.

    I also make a practice of not using any wax or silicone products in the shop especially near areas used for finishing. This includes not using those products on machinery or tools used for processing wood. Some shop contaminations can never be eliminated.





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    Mike wax on period furniture is keeping with the tradition. I am a traditionalist in the true scene of the word when it comes to conservation and preservation. But with the majority of the finishes I use on normal every day furniture you right. in staying away from wax. It's not needed.
    Anything with silicon that is used in the homes on furniture I tell my customers , them products keep me in business. LOL
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    mike where is a source for the different shade you showed us in the chart? i have used the standard colors that we all find at the wood shows or such but your chart shows more choices that i have never seen..
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    mike where is a source for the different shade you showed us in the chart? i have used the standard colors that we all find at the wood shows or such but your chart shows more choices that i have never seen..
    You're right, the chart is very complete. This is where I get the pads. They don't carry all the colors.





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