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Question on Scotchbrite Pads
« on: July 29, 2003, 07:26:03 AM »
I have a question in regard to the proper way to use a Scotchbrite Pad when sanding a ball. Some people say using them wet will leave deep scratches in the ball, so use them dry to keep from leaving deep scratches in the ball. Others say the opposite and to always use them with water to keep the dust down.

Soooo, which way is right?
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Re: Question on Scotchbrite Pads
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2003, 10:36:35 PM »
How I do it, It doesn't leave those unsightly scratches. (sounds like a commercial)
I have a spray bottle of water. Start the spinner, spray the ball with about 4 pumps, 2 pumps on the S/B. Moderate pressure on the ball with the S/B. As you see the ball just starting to dry out, ease up on the pressure! by the time the ball is getting dry, I have only enough pressure to keep the S/B in my hand. This will start taking the scratches out. When I go deep in the ball with like the 400 grit stuff, I do the same then hit it with smoother grit stuff in this manner.
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Re: Question on Scotchbrite Pads
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2003, 11:08:27 PM »

Most of the stuff that makes wet/dry sandpaper is actually embedded in or on the nylon material that makes up the Scotch-Brite. CHeck the 3M website to verify. That said, I find it hard to believe that a dry nylon pad cuts smoother than a wet on, although I have heard the same here.

The material that makes up the coverstock should not be up in the air where you can breathe it; that is a another excellent reason to wet the nylon pad, as Ty describes his process. That is more or less what I do also. Spary bottle in hand, wet ball and pad, press, spray more to keep the surface wet. Wipe off with a paper towel and more water.

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