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Forum topic by JerryLH posted 06-15-2019 04:15 PM 488 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2019 04:15 PM

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Are there good, better & best in the world of steel wool – if so, where to get the best. Thanks

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok


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#1 posted 06-15-2019 04:44 PM

I like Liberon steel wool. I buy from Rockler but it’s available online.

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#2 posted 06-15-2019 05:03 PM

Most ordinary steel wool has a lot of oil in it. Liberon has little to none, the best I have used.

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#3 posted 06-15-2019 05:09 PM

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#4 posted 06-17-2019 03:48 AM

Interesting thing about steel wool: the very fine grades—0000 or finer, can catch a spark and burn. Be careful when grinding or welding near it.

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#5 posted 06-17-2019 02:43 PM

Thanks all – I genuinely appreciate the feedback.

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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#6 posted 06-17-2019 08:30 PM



Interesting thing about steel wool: the very fine grades—0000 or finer, can catch a spark and burn. Be careful when grinding or welding near it.

- runswithscissors

Also keep it away from places you plug things in. My dad set some on fire one time when a few strands of it were across a plug when he plugged it in.

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#7 posted 06-17-2019 08:45 PM

I switched to the “artificial steel wool” pads. Have used Norton and Mirka ones with success. After issues with stell wool causing rust, but also wondering if I was breathing in metal dust. Where do all those fine little shards of steel go as they slowly disintegrate? I certainly don’t want them getting in my eyes, food, etc or my dogs eating them etc.

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#8 posted 06-18-2019 09:12 PM

I was shocked the first time I saw how steel wool was made. I was thinking “just think up the most inefficient method possible and go for it”. My biggest gripe with SW is all my tools, being slightly magnetic, really look hairy after a wooling session.

I like the artificial pads, but there is a big difference between a known brand and some off brand products.

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