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Forum topic by Axis39 posted 05-31-2020 12:02 AM 472 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Axis39

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05-31-2020 12:02 AM

I’ve been more and more frustrated with rags I buy at the big box stores… They all give off lint, even after being washed a couple of times.

I was going through some boxes of crap and found an old piece of a bedsheet in the bottom of one… It hit me that I may go try to find some ‘inexpensive’ cotton bedsheets and wash them a few times, then cut them up into rags for finishing. Maybe I’ll just go hit Hobby Lobby and buy some cotton fabric… Probably cheaper.

Anyway, what’re y’all using?

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood


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#1 posted 05-31-2020 12:03 AM

Paper towels.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 05-31-2020 12:24 AM



Paper towels.

- Woodknack

Every paper towel I’ve used has left lint. They’re fine for cleaning stuff off your hands, or wiping oil off, etc. But, for applying finish it just becomes a battle… How long can you get away with using it and how hard can you scrub?

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#3 posted 05-31-2020 12:42 AM

My wife cuts up old socks, shirts, towels, sweatshirts, and I have more rags than I could use in a lifetime.

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#4 posted 05-31-2020 12:46 AM



Every paper towel I ve used has left lint. They re fine for cleaning stuff off your hands, or wiping oil off, etc. But, for applying finish it just becomes a battle… How long can you get away with using it and how hard can you scrub?
- Axis39

Yeah if you have to scrub for some reason they won’t work, I thought you were just wiping on finish.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 05-31-2020 12:48 AM

old t shirts

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#6 posted 05-31-2020 01:00 AM

old t shirts
- corelz125

+1 to old t-shirts

Cheers,
Brad

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#7 posted 05-31-2020 01:30 AM

What are you applying? I don’t use the same method for all stains and finishes.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#8 posted 05-31-2020 01:45 AM

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Intex-30-Pack-Natural-Fiber-Blend-Cloth/1000126131
works good for me

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#9 posted 05-31-2020 01:48 AM

Tshirt evolution….

Good tshirt → becomes kick around tshirt → becomes work outside with holes and painting tshirt → becomes shop rag.
By that time they’re thin and tear easily into smaller pieces.

If you buy a package of tshirts you’ll be replacing them before long and you’ll have an endless supply of rags as you repeat the process.

Fruit of the loom and Hanes are good as they are all cotton. Polyester blends and nylons not so good.

Also, old sheets, torn up into strips makes a whole lot of shop rags.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#10 posted 05-31-2020 02:36 AM

Old T-shirts work for me. No lint.

-- Bo45

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#11 posted 05-31-2020 02:43 AM



https://www.lowes.com/pd/Intex-30-Pack-Natural-Fiber-Blend-Cloth/1000126131
works good for me

- torus

If I’m out of old T Shirts I have had good luck with those lint free rags offered at Lowes. The T Shirts need the lint washed out of them, literally, Old Granny rock pounded kinda laundry. New stuff is full of fibers just looking to raise hell with your finish.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 05-31-2020 03:36 AM

Depending on what you need them for, coffee filters are lint free but not very absorbent.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#13 posted 05-31-2020 04:29 AM

well what are you trying to accomplish? i use scott rags in a box,there strong and very absorbent.i use em for everything in the shop.i use wipe on finishes and they work great.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 05-31-2020 05:02 AM

Microfiber rags, washable and reusable too….

They’re available at many locations and very reasonably priced.

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#15 posted 05-31-2020 02:06 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I will look into them all!

My current dilemma involves 1/3 BLO, 1/3 Poly and 1/3 MS. It gets sticky pretty quickly, and I have been getting lint showing up when I am wiping off the excess. None of it sticks permanently, and it’s not like a cat has been laying on it shedding… But, the little fuzzes bug me.

I’ve got a few rags from old t-shirts and sheets and stuff. But, was just hoping for other suggestions because I don’t have a lot left. As for old t-shirts… Most of mine that could be sacrificed to the cause have big, hard glue wipes on them, as well as paint spatters, etc. In other words, not a lot of virgin material left! LOL

I have a pile of the terry cloth towels you buy from HD and a bunch of what they call ‘Painter’s Rags’. The painter’s rags still shed fuzz… Not so much when applying, but when wiping off the excess.

My wife suggested grabbing a couple of the mcirofiber rags she has laying around and I may give them a try… But, I will be honest, I hate touching microfiber cloths… My hands are always dry and the little snagging is irritating. First world problem!!! But, i’ll get over it! LOL

Again, thanks for the suggestions!

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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