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3M Flexible Polishing Papers Green, 30 micron/400 grit, per sheet

Green, 30 micron/400 grit, per sheet

Item # 6040
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3M Flexible Polishing Papers Gray, 15 micron/600 grit, per sheet

Gray, 15 micron/600 grit, per sheet

Item # 6041
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3M Flexible Polishing Papers Blue, 9 micron/1200 grit, per sheet

Blue, 9 micron/1200 grit, per sheet

Item # 6042
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3M Flexible Polishing Papers Pink, 3 micron/4000 grit, per sheet

Pink, 3 micron/4000 grit, per sheet

Item # 6043
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3M Flexible Polishing Papers Aqua, 2 micron/6000 grit, per sheet

Aqua, 2 micron/6000 grit, per sheet

Item # 6044
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3M Flexible Polishing Papers White, 1 micron/8000 grit, per sheet

White, 1 micron/8000 grit, per sheet

Item # 6045
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3M Flexible Polishing Papers, Set of all 6 grits

Set of all 6 grits

Item # 6046
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3M Flexible Polishing Papers

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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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Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Polishing papers: flexible, reusable abrasives

Why has Erick Coleman been hiding small scraps of 3M Polishing Papers in his tool chest?

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5.0

These work great

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I bought the set of all 6 grits. Listen to the previous reviewer and print out the colors/grits from this page, the sheets are not marked. I use these to polish frets after a level and crown. I cut a strip off the sheet and wrap it around a small eraser. Work through all the grits and the frets come out super smooth and shiny. I touch up the frets with the finer grades at string change time, much better than steel wool, and no messy cleanup afterward. Polish a bone nut or saddle with these and it gives a beautiful finish. The finer grades really smooth out the slots in them also.

5.0

Wow! Wish I had tried it sooner!

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When my most recent shipment from StewMac came in, these papers being a part of it, I had just finished fitting an acoustic saddle for a customer and decided to use these to give it the finishing touches. After cutting some small strips off the sheets, I went to town. Gotta say, I love how the flexible backing allows you to "strap" it over pieces of bone for smoothing and polishing. Excellent results. Afterwards, I blew the bone debris out of the strips with some compressed air, and used them to polish the frets on a level, crown, and polish. Taking the frets through all 6 grades is a sure-fire, and cost-effective, way of making those babies shine bright enough to blind someone, though unless you take some breaks during the process your arm/shoulder won't be thanking you afterwards.

5.0

Truly great product!

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I purchased the set of all 6 grits (highly recommended) and am really happy with the results. I recently bought a new guitar that had some rough finish spots on the neck - I won't mention the brand, but this was a 2K guitar and the finish is nitro. I just spent an hour or so polishing the neck with the 3M grit pack - starting at pink/3 and ending at white/1. Wow! Totally removed the uneven nitro spots (pink/aqua) and then brought the finish back to original gloss (white). A final polish, and you can't even tell I did anything. I was nervous doing this on a brand new guitar, but am really glad that I did. Thanks to the other reviewers who posted and got me educated on this amazing product!

5.0

Excellent wet sanding.

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Expensive, but worth it. Print out this page with the corresponding colors and grit as there are NO MARKINGS on the papers themselves. I had to keep checking it for reference.

5.0

must have !!!

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After recraning my frets,i use Fret Erasers and after it just wraparound it for a mirror shine, also great for Guitar Finishing. Absoult Great Product.

5.0

Brilliant!

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Wonderful stuff! It is flexible and fairly tough. I can start a fret polish job with one of the Fret Erasers (also found here on Stew-Mac) and then put a small piece of the finer grit fabric under the rubberized eraser and continue. Since there is some fine grit in the fret eraser, it holds on to this fabric material better than a regular rubber school eraser does, so I can use a smaller piece of fabric and not have to wrap it around the eraser. I save 2 ways: time and materials. My only gripes are that this fabric abrasive is not marked with the grit number on the back as well as using a color code - which I always forget; and that the color code does not match the fret erasers colors.

5.0

Excellent stuff wet or dry

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Better than paper or cloth.

5.0

Very Nice..even for a non-pro

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I have been setting up my guitars for years and always finish up - before stringing - with cleaning up the fretboard and polishing the frets with 0000 steel wool....I find the metal lint a real pain, though I am very careful to mask all the metal parts. I ordered these polishing papers and used them today on one of my Gibson Electrics (nighthawk). They really allowed me to clean up the frets, and even better get in tight where the frets meet the fretboard...and no scratches on the wood. I used the 400 grit, then the 600. Worked great!! I was able to polish any minor dents and scratches right away. But be a little careful, the papers collected metal dust and in my zeal it was transferred to the white binding. Pretty easy to clean up, but much easier to be careful and avoid it altogether. However, these are really great. A small piece (3 x 2 or so) did the whole job.

5.0

What the pros use

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I have yet to use these on a guitar related project, but I work with fiber optics and this is what we use to polish aerobic connectors, so it's no joke when they say this stuff polishes to a mirror shine. I'm sure it will work brilliantly on my guitars.

5.0

Best fret polishing abrasive

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600 and 1200 grit will shine your frets like a mirror. Awesome stuff!

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