3M Flexible Polishing Papers, Set of all 6 grits

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'Finishing fabric' conforms to any surface. Strong micro-grit papers so flexible you can use them like cloth, wet or dry!

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3M Flexible Polishing Papers, Set of all 6 grits

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Flexible polishing papers for instrument work

Dan Erlewine on using cloth-like polishing abrasives for guitar repair. They're a micro-grit "finishing fabric" that conforms to any shape, wet or dry.

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'Finishing fabric' conforms to any surface. Strong micro-grit papers so flexible you can use them like cloth, wet or dry!

Because they conform to any surface shape, they're great for polishing contoured guitar finishes, frets, plastic pickguards, pearl inlays and more. The first samples we received were jealously hoarded in our shops, quickly becoming favorites for polishing nuts and saddles, and for touchups in lacquer finishes.

"Indispensable for polishing bone and pearl nuts. They leave a gorgeous luster with no dark residue in porous bone."
—Don MacRostie, Red Diamond Mandolins

Each sheet is coated on one side with micron-graded particles of aluminum oxide (1200-8000 grit) or silicon carbide (400-600 grit), on an extremely flexible non-woven .007" synthetic backing.

The pattern coating won't clog quickly. They leave no dark residue in porous bone nuts and saddles. The durable tear-resistant sheet washes easily in water.

Each sheet is a generous 9" x 11" (228.6mm x 279.4mm).

"The most versatile abrasive in my shop."
—Erick Coleman

"Lasts a long time, and so flexible you can buff shoeshine-style!"
—Dan Erlewine

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3M Flexible Polishing Papers, Set of all 6 grits

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By JHM from Oklahoma
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 27, 2011

Used these to final sand and polish a bone nut. They did an excellent job and I have not stop finding uses for them. Amazing.

These are amazing!

By Craig from Columbus, Ohio USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I used the Polishing Papers to polish a bone nut. I cut off a little 2" x 3" piece (1" x 3" would work too) of each grit paper, worked progressively through them all. Not even halfway through, the nut really started to shine. I was in awe by the time I finished. These will last a long time, they're inexpensive, and definitely worth buying. Quality product!

3M Flexible Polishing Paper

By CadillacBass from Freehold, NJ
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 03, 2010

This stuff is amazing, it polishes frets with very little elbow grease and it lasts a long time. Just cut it to any size you need and don't throw it away after the fist use as it has plenty of useful life in it. I've polished the frets on two guitars with one half inch strip of pink that is the width of the paper and it's still going strong.

3M Flexible polishing papers

By s.t.williams from fresno, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I saw a luthier finish a fret job using a series of polishing cloths, obviously well-used from the dust in them. The finishing shine they left on the frets was unbelievable, so I inquired and had to get them for myself. I got the full set of papers, (which are really more cloth-like than paper-like), and cut them into widths slightly wider than a fretboard, numbering them by their progressive coarseness. I just finished a fret job and used them for the first time. They're amazing! In a few minutes time, they leave frets and fingerboard polished to an unbelievable shine. I also used the finer ones to rub out small touch-up areas in the finish, which buff right out to a perfect shine. Glad I got the great tip!

3M flexible polishing papers

By canutility from vienna, austria, europe
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 08, 2010

These papers are absolutely unique and perfect for mending guitars. They are great for treating necks and fretboards -- but be careful with laqueur finishes -- they work best with natural wood.

Absolute must for everyone who wants to keep his instrument in good condition

Makes anything shine

By Rico from Carmel, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 30, 2010

I've used these to finishing a lot of different things, from the frets on my older brothers guitar to finishing the inlays for guitar I'm making. But the finish I used these for that I was most pleased with was the finish on an acrylic pen I made in shop class.

Work VERY Well!!!

By Joe Dowd from Edwall, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 09, 2010

These work as described, plus after first machine-washing they still work at maybe 50%.

Make the frets shine

By DT Hawkins-Custom Guitar Tech from Clarksburg WV
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 03, 2010

Using these papers help to insure that my customers see nothing but their reflection in the frets. Frets are always left perfectly smooth

How did I get along without it ?

By garyd from winner,sd
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 26, 2010

Great for irregular shapes and radiused surfaces. Has many uses where a polished finish is necessary.

Very good papers.

By flyingv from manitoba
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 15, 2010

I bought these for polishing frets, and they work good. I would still use steel wool first though, so the dirt doesn't clog the papers.

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