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Has or do anyone use microfiber towels and wipe down towels when using isopropyl cleaners before painting. I been using the blue shop towels they sell at Autozone for years but always know they leave dust. And figure tack tagging would get it up. Give me your thoughts because I dont discriminate on using towels. I'll use a whole box on one car but at 40 a box for some decent so called lint free towels just ain't worth it

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:09 pm
I buy both from Costco.
Use the blue shop towels for most everything except cut and buff.
Quit using the Isopropyl mixtures for cleaning a while ago and just use Automotive Wax and Grease remover for wipe down now.
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Against all advice to the contrary I have always used, and re-used, flannelette cloths for both Prepsol and final alcohol/water mix cleaning.

Yes, they leave lint but then I always thoroughly tack and blow before painting and rarely get crud in my jobs. Booth cleanliness and wearing at least the top half of a paint suit has a bigger impact.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:56 pm
I do not use micro fiber towels for anything,
They hold trash to easily and don't let go of it.
All it takes is one little piece of grit and you end up scratching
everything with it.
I'll stick to cotton where I can keep it clean.
Lint is not a problem, grit is.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:46 pm
I have a lot of furniture people that use microfiber towels/rags. You have to watch the cheaper ones that are bulk packaged.....they use a pure polyester (think fishing line) thread around the edges to keep them from unraveling. We did some in-shop testing and found that thread could easily lay down scratching and leave holographic swirls especially on dark colors. If people insist on using them I tell them to cut that outer thread completely off.
I use a furniture grade wilized frenching 100% cotton unbound edge material I buy in 5 pound and 50 pound bales. Stuff is awesome and only softens with age/use. Ours comes from Mohawk Finishing. And yes, it is all I use on cars or furniture and both clean and polish with them.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:48 am
I haven't tried these yet
https://www.autobodytoolmart.com/merfin ... 12916.aspx

I have used these, they do leave some lint fibers .
https://www.autobodytoolmart.com/krew-4 ... 12730.aspx

Another brand I have not tried yet.
https://www.autobodytoolmart.com/merfin ... 12915.aspx

Darrel is this the product you were talking about?
https://www.mohawk-finishing.com/produc ... polishing/
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:20 pm
Dennis, yep that's the stuff. I've used it for 40 years now. Bought a 50 lb. box/bale of the stuff in 1987 and just finally ran out last year and ordered more. I can use the rags many times just by washing them (hot detergent water, no softners or dryer sheets). If you ever have to do hand polishing of a hard to reach area the shine can rival a machine finish with the right compounds.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:10 pm
i use micro fiber cloths only on expensive paint jobs, Harleys, custom semis etc
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