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Regal Beagal
January 13, 2009, 22:02
OK,

For years I have used degreased fine steel wool for aging my parkerization solutions. My main reason for using the steel wool is because I am cheap and I have had good results. Now, I have to ask do you get better results with using the iron flakes that Brownell's sells? Does it really produce a better finish than the steel wool? Give me your $.02...

NoNotAgain
January 13, 2009, 22:34
I use iron filings and they disolve fast in a hot solution.

http://www.physlink.com/estore/cart/IronFilings.cfm

http://secure.sciencecompany.com/Iron-Metal-Filings-1lb-P6370C670.aspx

Degreased steel wool sometimes still contain oils used to inhibit corrosion. With the cost of acetone and MEK, it's cheaper to use the clean filings than degrease steel wool.

Regal Beagal
January 14, 2009, 07:43
NoNotagain,

Yah....tell me anout the price of Acetone.....even break cleaners have shot through the roof.... Anyway, thanks for the links I willm have to check them out. That's one of my problems with steel wool is that it takes awhile to desolve and occassionally I find a tiny hair sticking out of my park job. Easily taken care of but still something that has to be taken care of... Thanks Again!