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TIP: Tack Cloths and their Use

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TIP: Tack Cloths and their Use

Inexpensive tack cloths (tack rags) are available from most suppliers of paints and finishes. They are sticky rags meant for picking up dust, often sanding dust, from a surface just before applying a coat of finish. Here are some tips for using them. Limit their use to solvent finishes. They can cause fish-eye and bonding problems with water-based finishes because they leave an oily residue on the surface. Instead of a tack cloth, use a slightly water-dampened cloth to remove the dust when working with water-based finishes. Before using a tack cloth on sanded wood, remove the majority of the...

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TIP: Vacuum For Dusting

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TIP: Vacuum For Dusting

The best way to remove sanding dust is with a vacuum because it doesn’t kick sawdust into the air as a dust brush does. You could also use compressed air if you have a good exhaust, but the exhaust is usually in a spray booth and that’s not where sanding wood usually takes place. It’s best to vacuum off the sanding dust after each sanding grit to remove all the coarser grit particles that may be left.

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