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Re-Usable Tack Cloth


Microfiber cloth picks up tiny dust particles as well as, if not better than, a tack cloth. Unlike a tack cloth, micro fiber cloths are washable and reusable. Rockler sells Norton's microfiber finishing cloth for $5-7, but any microfiber cloth will work as long as it has hemmed edges.

--Kevin Southwick

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Rod Owens wrote re: Re-Usable Tack Cloth
on 05-24-2009 3:40 PM

Good money saving tip.

louneal wrote re: Re-Usable Tack Cloth
on 06-17-2009 7:32 PM

Where to buy this?

Jimmy See wrote re: Re-Usable Tack Cloth
on 08-29-2009 8:01 AM

I tried this tip on my last project and wished I hadn't.  The microfiber does pick up fine dust particles as stated, but not all of it and what it left behind was difficult to see.  Also, because there is no adhesive property to the cloth, it tends to push  particles airborne to land back on the project after the finish has been applied.  Maybe Kevin is doing something he didn't mention in his tip, but I will be sticking with tack cloth from now on (no pun intended).

barnum349 wrote re: Re-Usable Tack Cloth
on 10-02-2009 5:43 PM

I've had the same experience as Jimmy See. Microfiber works much better than cotton, but much worse than a real tack cloth. You just cannot trust it to pick up everything.