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Old 06-28-2018, 01:47 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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What TonyL said.
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I put in a little mesh bag and toss in with the laundry. BTW, I have never used wet and never before heard it should be. Dry works for me. I have two sets of mm, first has been used for years, haven't needed the second and doesn't look like I will have to for a long, long time.
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Nobody mentioned how to clean micromesh if you dry sand, maybe I am the last one left doing this, lol. Wipe the MM on denim and it pulls most of the dust out of the pads. I have a piece of denim from an old pair of jeans; I sit this on the ways while I sand. Wipe the pad down during and after. Every 10 pens or so the pads need a wash in soapy water for a better clean.
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The other part of your question, is it worth it? I didn't think so and gave up on micromesh. I wet sand with 2000 grit automotive sandpaper then plastic polish. I find a 4" long by 3/4" strip will last me several pens, I'll wet sand at about 1000 - 1500 rpm for a short while then dry the blank and look for any shiny spots, if there are any a sand a little longer. Between each session I just put the sandpaper in a container of water and clean the slurry off with my fingers. After I'm finished I just leave it in the water.
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Could this be why my turned wood is turning black with the Micro mesh?

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I use a spray bottle with water and a drop or two of dish detergent to breakdown the surface tension. I clean my MM under running water with a little dish soap. I then lay them on a towel to let them air dry.

I was recently given a tray for holding my MM pads which has the grits engraved where each one will go, and a small area for holding water.

I have used MM on wood dry and it will do a good job, however, you have to have a light touch or you will bond the grit backing onto your blank. You have to clean your pads more often.
Could this be why my turned wood is turning black with the Micro mesh?
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I use a spray bottle with water and a drop or two of dish detergent to breakdown the surface tension. I clean my MM under running water with a little dish soap. I then lay them on a towel to let them air dry.

I was recently given a tray for holding my MM pads which has the grits engraved where each one will go, and a small area for holding water.

I have used MM on wood dry and it will do a good job, however, you have to have a light touch or you will bond the grit backing onto your blank. You have to clean your pads more often.
Could this be why my turned wood is turning black with the Micro mesh?
Your problem could be contacting the bushings with sandpaper/micro mesh and getting fine metal sanding dust onto the wood.
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