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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:10 am 
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If you go to hjttp://www.mcmaster.com and look up catalog number 8759K75, you'll get a listing for 1/2" thick hard felt. The stuff makes excellent sanding pads.

In addition, I just tried something else. I cut about a 1" square block and put some StewMac polishing compound on it. It worked very well and was a lot easier to handle than a cloth. A block could easily be cut to a particular shape to get in a tight corner.

I'm going to make a set, individually marked, for coarse, medium, fine, and swirl remover. They should last quite a while.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:01 pm 
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I use that and 1/2 in cork

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!/2" blue styrofoam works great also. You can get scraps at a lot of construction sites, or buy a piece for a lifetime supply at Home Despot or Blowe's

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I am a beginner and have not tried felt, but I cut various sizes and shapes of pads out of a dense foam garden kneeling pad from a dollar store, 1/2" thick, waterproof, and pennies apiece (except we don't have pennies in Canada any more . . . )


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An advantage of the felt blocks for polishing, which might also be true of other materials as well but it certainly is with the felt: when the polishing compound soaks in and dries, one ends up with a very fine grit sanding block that works even without the addition of more polishing compound.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:43 am 
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MaineGeezer wrote:
An advantage of the felt blocks for polishing, which might also be true of other materials as well but it certainly is with the felt: when the polishing compound soaks in and dries, one ends up with a very fine grit sanding block that works even without the addition of more polishing compound.


Are you using S2-32, the hardest felt?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:48 am 
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No - S2-20. Catalog #8759K75

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I might have been more clear - the foam pads I was describing were used with wet/dry sandpaper and MicroMesh, not polishing compound.


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