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Old 04-19-2016, 09:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best paper towel for CA finish

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Can anyone tell me the best sort of paper towel to use for a CA finish, I think I have used every make of white paper towel and keep getting the little flects of white in the CA, I have read here some where that blue workshop towel is the best, I have seen SCOT BLUE WORK SHOP TOWEL sold in halfords and notice its make in USA, any one know if this will be any good.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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CA finish with a craft foam applicator
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use polyethylene gloves and polyethylene batting. CA does not react at all to polyethylene. That is what they use for CA bottles.
I cut a small piece of the batting and use it to apply the CA. See for a description of using the batting.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I get the Scott Box of Rags from Sam's Club. I cut them into strips and fold them over to make a pad for application. It works very well for me.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I use the Scott's Shop Towels. And they work great!!
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I use the craft foam, it seems to leave fewer ridges for me.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I recently tried the 20 coats of thin CA method as used by David from Timberbits in his YouTube video, with a fresh small piece of towelling per coat. Actually it was the two ends of 10 pieces for 20 fresh ends but close enough. This was with a light spray of activator between coats btw. I used a roll of blue towelling that I bought somewhere here in the UK, probably either Aldi or B&M, and the only problem I had was on one coat where instead of a single rub in each direction I tried two or three and the paper stuck, and so had to sand back down to virtually bare wood. It was only either the third or fourth coat I'd ever applied like this so part of the learning curve. I started again and did the whole 20 coats without mishap, left the CA to sure overnight and then wet sanded with MM to a flawless glass like finish.

Tony Wells, in Leeds.

PS, I used the thin watery CA from PoundWorld, three small 10gm plastic bottles on a card for 1, and as I said above, a flawless finish. I suspect that being so thin helped as it did spread very easily and thus had less chance to grab the paper.
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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PPS, I remember the blue towelling only being 1 for a jumbo roll, though it is quite thin. I therefore probably bought it from either B&M or one of the Pound shops, maybe PoundLand. It is quite smooth with less fuzz than supermarket kitchen towelling.
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:16 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The BACK side of a Bounty Select-a-Size folded three times, gives you about a 1" wide padded strip. You can get 6 applications with each side.
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My ( theory ) or thought is that white paper towels ( help ) activate the CA faster.

I use the Blue Scott paper towels...
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