Micro Mesh vs. Tri-M-Ite

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qquake

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Lately I've been using 3M Tri-M-Ite polishing paper, and been getting good results. There are six grades. Just for fun, I decided to try Micro Mesh again, but only using every other pad, for a total of five grades. I think the MM is giving as good results as the 3M, maybe slightly better. With both, I finish them with Meguiar's 105 then 205.
 

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duncsuss

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I've tried both and chosen to make the transition from Micromesh to Tri-M-ite for pens.

This is not because I can tell the difference between the results I get using *new* Micromesh and *new* Tri-M-ite paper - it's because I could never bring myself to use those expensive Micromesh pads once and once only.

I cut the Tri-M-ite into strips about 3/4" wide and 2" long and use them once, then straight into the trash. Always have a new cutting face, don't get the ebony dust from the previous pen smudged into the holly of the next one, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
 

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I have never heard of Tri-M-ite. I look forward to trying it. I do question only using micromesh once. I have done many, many pens from the same set of pads.

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Same with me. I'll use the same set of pads until the finish starts to suffer.

 

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Not got a lot of experience of MM on wood or composite wood hybrids but I use Mm repeatedly with lots of washing and get good results on plastics. Never tried the 3M stuff yet so can’t compare.

I use MM in strips so far , only just got a set of pads to tryout.
 

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Same with me. I'll use the same set of pads until the finish starts to suffer.

Yeah. Me too. I can usually extend the life by cleaning them off with some water and an old toothbrush.
 

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Looks like everyone misunderstood what I wrote, so for clarity: I never threw out a set of Micromesh pads after using them once.

Like everyone else, I used them and washed them "until the finish starts to suffer" - my entire point being that's too late. By switching to Tri-Mite, I never reach the point where the finish suffers.
 

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I've tried both and chosen to make the transition from Micromesh to Tri-M-ite for pens.

This is not because I can tell the difference between the results I get using *new* Micromesh and *new* Tri-M-ite paper - it's because I could never bring myself to use those expensive Micromesh pads once and once only.

I cut the Tri-M-ite into strips about 3/4" wide and 2" long and use them once, then straight into the trash. Always have a new cutting face, don't get the ebony dust from the previous pen smudged into the holly of the next one, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
I'm curious, do you, and maybe others have the idea that MM / MM pads are primarily for one time use only? That is what I was reading in your post.

As to dust transferring, I have never had that problem in 16 years of pen making and using MM. Of course, I clean them, which is what is intended with MM. MM is/was designed for use multiple times.
 

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Greetings. I haven't tried the 3M Tri-M-Ite yet, but I too have used my MM pads many many times. Even with that, being on the frugal side, I bought a bunch of the 2x3-inch sets and cut them down into 1-1/2 by 2 inch pieces instead of paying the premium for the 2x2 pads. The 2x3's were less expensive than the 2x2's to start with, then I got double the product by cutting them down. - Dave
 

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I buy the the 3X4 kit and cut them in half get four times the pads for the price of one. I also clean them periodically with warm soapy water then spread them out on a towel to dry. When using I spray then with water just before using them. The only complaint that I have with the pads is that if you get to aggressive with sanding the abrasive will come off on you blank.
 

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A set if pads i use must be antiques! I keep soaking them in water before us and occasionally brush them with an old and soft toothbrush. They seem as good to me as new, but then, I am a bit of a cheap-skate! P.
 
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