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Do you use a tack cloth? What kind? Brand, strand count, color, tack value?


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Sometimes. Any handy and clean rag. Anything that costs money is just a waste of money.

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I bought a roll of cheesecloth a while back and have a recipe to make the sticky stuff around somewhere.
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Tack clothes are inexpensive and available where ever paint is sold. I reuse them a few times on small things then just buy more the next time I'm in a store that carries them.
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I usually get mine from Lowes (closest place). They come two to a package. If the package stays sealed, they last years. If the package is opened, you might as well use both, because the second will be dry before you want to use it. I try to keep several packages of them in the paint cabinet, ready for use whenever needed. I have no idea what the exact design of them is, but appear to be cheese cloth with partially dry orange shellac on them.
They work, if fresh from the package.

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Every place that sells paint seems to have a different brand/color of tack cloth. I have used sever different brands, especially just before varnishing, and they all seem to do the job. I worried about compatibility with different finishes but have not had a problem. They definitely do pick up the last little bits of dust.
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Charley - I put mine in a Zip-Loc bag right away as I have had them dry out in the original package. They seem to keep for years in the Zip-Loc.
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I agree with Richard, tack rags are available at little cost at all paint stores and are ESSENTIAL for a perfect finish as they pick up all the fine sanding dust, I purchase whatever brand the store has and up to now have all been yellow but colour is immaterial.
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How to make a tack rag

How To Make A Tack Cloth | Learn How To Refinish Furniture

I have seen comments about possible problems with a water-based finish, some mfgrs. offer a "special" tack cloth for this

https://generalfinishes.com/retail-p...ee-tack-cloths

but I've been pretty happy using a soft brush on the shop vac and then a lightly dampened lint free cloth.
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I put mine in a small container and as long as the lid is on tight they stay fresh. I use mine all the time.
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