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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2006 3:08 pm    Post subject: Idea Detailers Tip: Steel Wool Is Your Friend Reply with quote

Steel Wool can be very helpful to you in your detailing process. But you need to know how to use it - and what type of steel wool to use. You cannot just use any type of steel wool!

Types of Steel Wool
In this tip, the word "type" can also be rendered as "grade". In the steel wool world, there are 8 different types or grades of steel wool. They are:

0000
000
00
0
1
2
3
4

They range from Super Fine (0000) to Extra Coarse (4). More information on Steel Wool can be found on this page.

How to use Steel Wool

Clean your Windows
1. Using 000 (or known as "tripple zero") steel wool and Liquid Glass glass cleaner, you can effectivly "polish" your windows without scratching or marring. You can even remove hard water deposits (water spots) with this technique. Use the glass cleaner as a lubricant for the steel wool and use light pressure. Wipe excess with a paper towel and not a microfiber since small particles of steel wool may become trapped and washing may not remove them.

Remove Excess Wax
2. Some of us with older Impalas have unpainted side moldings which have a texture them - great for trapping wax. You'll notice it's quite difficult to remove the wax from the porous plastic material. But if you use Liquid Glass and some 000 steel wool, you can remove the wax easily.

Polish Metals
3. After a good wash, your windows aren't the only things that water likes to leave its dirty spots on. Chrome, and stainless steel can be just as tricky or difficult to remove those water spots (or corroded road debris too). Using 0000 or 000 steel wool (and Liquid Glass again) you can remove and polish them. Remember to use light pressure.

Safety Tips
Always remember to use light pressure, and test the subject area before completing a whole section.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 6:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Where can i buy the "000" or '0000" grade steel wool. Would Home Depot or Lowes carry it? Or where else could I get it. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 9:41 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

the Ace hardware that i work at in MN has it. if you dont have luck finding it at a box store look at a family owned store they tend to have more of the little odds and ends
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 11:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I used to get mine from an auto body supply house, just because it was near by and Home Depot or Lowes wasnt in my area yet.

You can try a company like www.eastwoodco.com also

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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 10:42 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

0000 ("four-oh" when asking for it) Steel wool is quite common and your local hardware store should have some...if not, what the other guys said.

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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I found some today at a local autobody supply place. Very Happy Not too many small mom and pop hardware stores anymore. They are being ran out of business by the big chain stores. Confused Personally I like the small hardware stores. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 9:24 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I found some today at a local autobody supply place. Very Happy Not too many small mom and pop hardware stores anymore. They are being ran out of business by the big chain stores. Confused Personally I like the small hardware stores. Very Happy


You like paying a couple dollars more for great service too? I'd love it if my local TrueValue stores had the selection that a Home Depot does...it's closer and you can always find a CSR to help out!

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 2:22 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It's just the small places have some things that the big guys don't. Especially parts for lawn tractors. Plus the help the big places hire don't seem to know anything. But I am going to try the steel wool on the mouldings. Since I am too cheap to get them painted or even do it myself. Very Happy I have to thank Blackfork for telling us about the steel wool. I use to use a few chemicals, they worked but had to watch you didn't get it on certain stuff. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 10:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Stupid questions:
1) For windows, you said to use Liquid Glass glass cleaner, then for the molding and chrome you said just Liquid Glass...still meaning the glass cleaner?
2) Can any glass cleaner be used with the steel wool?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Invisible glass works better than other glass cleaners. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Invisible Glass contains no amonia, so you can use it on your tint too.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:43 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

FYI, when using steel wool wash it all off the car or it will rust. The detailer at the shop used 00 steel wool DRY once . Not good. He spend a few hours with some compound getting the rust spots off after the car came back. Also. any alcohol based window cleaner is safe to use on tint.
One more thing, u can use 00-000 steel wool on your chrome rims as well. Don't use it on polished, machined or painted rims.

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 11:55 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I use steel wool (Bulldog Ultra fine)once in a while if their is a real heavy build up of pollen or grime...only concern is that it does have a tendency to "break off" into very small fine pieces and i am always concerned with it getting on my paint or other cloths. I use the claybar with a window cleaner...but only after I have clayed the car becasue the cleaner will cause it to break down. I never use the clay for more than one clay job on my car.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:28 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I noticed the pipes of my "stainless" Magnaflow catback got rusty over the winter. Not sure how stainless gets rusty Rolling Eyes but it is. I want to polish the rust off. I tried using some polish (comes in a silver can, you just tear off a wad and use it. Can't think of the name) and it didn't do squat. I need something more abrasive.

What number steel wool should I use?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:11 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Spong wrote:
I noticed the pipes of my "stainless" Magnaflow catback got rusty over the winter. Not sure how stainless gets rusty Rolling Eyes but it is. I want to polish the rust off. I tried using some polish (comes in a silver can, you just tear off a wad and use it. Can't think of the name) and it didn't do squat. I need something more abrasive.

What number steel wool should I use?

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Never dull, lol. Doesnt work on stainless, hehe.

Just get the finest stuff and use some liquid polish. I used sos pads on mine, but results vary. It may scratch yours, just test in an unoticible area.
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