Micro-Mesh Soft Touch Finishing Pads

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Extra-gentle hand polishing for high-gloss finishes. Fingertip-size foam pads with the remarkable Micro-Mesh™ abrasives on both sides.

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Micro-Mesh Soft Touch Finishing Pads

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Extra-gentle hand polishing for high-gloss finishes. Fingertip-size foam pads with the remarkable Micro-Mesh™ abrasives on both sides.

The cushioning allows gentle polishing of finished surfaces to a mirror gloss. We use these regularly in our own shops for finish touch-ups and repairs.

The set of nine pads includes #1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000, and 12000 grits. Use the grits in sequence to achieve a super gloss.

Micro-Mesh™ features tiny abrasive crystals on resilient cloth-backed latex. These gentle "cushioned" particles generate less heat and friction than ordinary finishing papers, don't load up as quickly, and last up to 15 times longer. Use Micro-Mesh with soapy water to produce a scratch-free mirror shine on finishes and pickguards. Great for repairing scratches and overspray. Use them for polishing frets, too.

Micro-Mesh was developed for polishing jet windshields to maintain their optical clarity. Imagine how your instrument will look!

Also see: Micro-Mesh Finishing Abrasives Kit and Touch-up Stick.

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Fixing a small chip in your guitar's finish

This issue of Trade Secrets is a video: Dan Erlewine demos three of his favorite finish repair tips: 1. Super glue drop fills. 2. Frank Ford's razor blade trick. 3. Strip-sanding with fingertip pressure.

Product Instructions

Wet-sand before buffing

When, why, and how to wet-sand.

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Micro-Mesh Soft Touch Finishing Pads

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By StewMike from Italia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 26, 2011

i'm not a finish/paint kind-of-guy so i don't like to loose time on signs and scratches polishing, but these pads got me into it, and turned a boring job into a fast and funny work. they do work!

if you'd like your rosewood fretboard to get that smooth and silky feeling of ebony, get these pads!

Finishing frets so good

By Darren Barnes from Northern Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 14, 2011

I just used these to sand and polish the frets on a friends Ibanez that were pretty ropey. Starting with lower grit, moving to the higher smoothed out the frets far better and faster than using the old steel wool method & also a lot less messy! I also used them to polish the fretboard.

Great for finishing frets

By P Smith from Cary, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 02, 2011

I just used these to sand and polish some older frets that were pretty tarnished. Starting with the lower grit to the higher smoothed out the frets far better and faster than using the old 220-320-400-600-steel wool approach. A lot less messy than using 0000 steel wool! Also, used them to polish the fretboard.

For the review that mentions the pads are too small for larger surfaces, just be aware that there are other sizes of micro mesh that any good woodworking store will carry. I found some that are roughly 3x bigger. Same material and grit selection, just bigger pads. Person at the wood store said they can be rinsed out and reused many times too.

Nice assortment.

By Gregory from Appleton WI 54911
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I used these on a pickguard and a lacquered strat neck. The scratches came out of the pickguard and the neck plays smoother after sanding off some of the finish. They are a little smaller than I would prefer.

They're okay

By J.C. Moranville from Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 22, 2011

These pads are great for sanding tight spots such as pegheads, neck heels and cutaways. If you use mineral spirits as a lubricant, they will separate. I think the pads are way to small for broader surfaces.

Fantastic Stuff!

By tb from Portland OR
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 23, 2011

These will polish nuts, touch-ups, and even metal. I will purchase more of these for sure when these are used up. Note that these are double-sided and can easily be used multiple times. They are more durable than sandpaper and small enough to use on most all items.

Best for touch up.

By Bassic Dude from Richland, Wa
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 06, 2011

Very useful. Start at 1500 wet sanding and stop at 12000, there is nothing left but some final buffing and you are left with a gloss finish.

Indispensable for finishing up work cleanly

By James Finnerty from ROCKville, MD
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 02, 2011

These are a great set of pads to have on hand. The first time I saw them used was by my local professional luthier. I watched closely and saw the end result. I had to buy a set and I'm so glad I did. Great for frets and nuts as well as cleaning up bridge work. Four stars because the edges aren't textured - that would be amazing if they were!

Every household needs a set

By Brinjen from Darwin, NT, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 23, 2011

Awesome product. Used them to buff a mahogany body and got a high gloss I never thought would be possible.

My only complaint was I found the cloth separated from the foam core after being soaked overnight... but they still worked a charm.

Little wonder pads!

By Mikes Guitar Garage from Sydney, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 17, 2011

ANOTHER great product from Stew Mac!

Just finished a drop fill on a maple fingerboard and used these little wonder pads to buff it smooth. They're great! I used them wet with a little soap and the customer was amazed that the chip in the fingerboard was completely gone without a trace!

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