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David350 11-04-2018 10:15 AM

Dry Micromesh
I am going to give the Glu Boost CA products a try after using the BLO / CA process for a while. I like the BLO / CA as it doesn't require sanding and the wood has a natural feel, but I would like a bit more shine sometimes. Does anyone have a good source of dry micromesh that they like and can recommend? Thanks, David

Penultimate 11-04-2018 10:21 AM

I'm interested in this discussion. What's the difference between wet and dry MM.?

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jttheclockman 11-04-2018 10:24 AM

Basically all MM can be used wet or dry. You stretch the use out more by using a lubricant.

TonyL 11-04-2018 10:51 AM

What JT says is true. I have called the manufacturer and they told me the same.
Using it wet will extend the life of the abrasive; you have also reducing heating and clogging the pads. If using dry, slower RPMs or less pressure (less friction) may help. Enjoy the process!

MRDucks2 11-04-2018 11:29 AM

I have both wet and dry micro mesh. The wet is at my right hand, the dry at my left. Same product. If you like the padded MM buy the 3x4 sheets and cut into four pieces. Much cheaper than the smaller squares.

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Monty 11-04-2018 01:18 PM

Best source I've found is International Violin.
I've also found that it tends to cut quicker if used wet vs dry.

magpens 11-04-2018 09:17 PM

Want tag along if you guys don't mind !

Woodchipper 11-05-2018 11:28 AM

I get my MM at Woodcraft and cut the sheets into strips about an inch wide. I periodically take a toothbrush and clean the MM under running water. I keep the MM in a plastic container with a bit of water when I'm making more than one pen.

Swagopenturner 11-05-2018 11:35 AM

I use MM both ways, and just throw them in the wash machine with other rags and such to clean them up!

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