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Good Texture, Didnt Last Long

Reviewing: 3 M Final Stripping Pads  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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These 3M pads were recommended to me to use with a chemical for stripper for removing paint from wood. They work well, but clog quicker than I expected.

These are fiber pads (content not stated, but I think probably nylon) that are made to replace steel wool for stripping paint or varnish. It says that they replace “0" grade steel wool. They claim that they are better than steel wool because they don’t shred, splinter or rust. With water-based strippers you can just rinse them out.

The pads are about 4 x 6 inches, and are 1/4 inch thick. You get two in a package.

I agree that they are better than steel wool, but I expected them to be better than they are. I cut one in half and used it while I was stripping 3 fairly small drawer fronts. I did rinse the pad out quite often, but you can see that it has degraded pretty quickly. Admittedly, it does not shred or tear. But the pores clog so that it loses its abrasiveness. I would estimate that to finish the project I am working on I will need to buy at least three more packs of these. That is $8 worth of pads. I haven’t compared that to other options that are currently available, but it seems like a lot to me.

They are definitely neater than steel wool, and they won’t shed metal fibers to prick your hands. They won’t stain the wood. They were ok, but not outstanding as to their abrasive quality. I suppose I just think that because the pad holds together that it should keep working until it shreds, and these definitely lose their effectiveness before they wear out.