There are times when you need some good super fine steel wool around the house, and I learned this first hand when we remodeled our kitchen a few years ago, and more recently when we purchased an unfinished cedar chest.
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Rhodes American makes steel wool in a variety of grades, from coarse to super fine. The finest steel wool you can buy is the super fine with four zero's, which I am reviewing. There are 8 grades in all, from super fine to extra coarse.
When we remodeled our kitchen, we hired a contractor to custom build our cabinets out of natural maple wood. When he was finished they looked amazing! The following year we decided to change out the french doors in our dining room, as they were still made of the old oak and didn't blend at all.
We found a beautiful Anderson french door made of maple at Home Depot. It was made of unfinished wood, and we wanted the finish to match the rest of our new kitchen, so we contacted our contractor again. He sprayed the doors with a lacquer or varnish of some sort, and we were instructed to "sand" down the doors with super fine steel wool, and this process happened three times, as he put four coats of sealer on our doors.
Rhodes American Steel Wool
Rhodes refers to their steel wool as the "Flexible Abrasive". Super fine steel wool is the finest available, and is for giving varnished wood a final finish. The steel wool resembles a Brillo pad in shape, measuring 4" by 2 3/4", and it's almost 1 1/2" thick. It is a dark grey color, and consists of a thin strip of steel wool that has been rolled up tightly, forming a pad.
The pads come in a clear plastic bag, ours holds 16 pads, some bags are smaller and only contain 12. The back of the bag has wonderful information for the do-it-yourself individual. We were told by our contractor which version of steel wool to purchase, but the back of the bag has great info for those who weren't sure which grade to select. To make selection even more easier, Rhodes American has color coded their bags.
Instructions read "Select The Grade for Your Project", and the super fine is intended for smooth lacquer, varnish, shellac and polyurethane. It then says to buff furniture to a high luster using wax or oil. Furthermore, it tells us that this steel wool will also clean precision tools.
Rhodes American guarantee reads "Rhodes American guarantees the quality of this product and results when used as recommended."
How It Worked For Me
Our contractor came to our home and sprayed our patio doors in our garage. When he said he wanted us to go over it with steel wool, I was totally shocked. I was imagining the kind of steel wool that one would use to clean dishes!
Even after I purchased the Rhodes American Super Fine Steel Wool, I was a little scared, but as soon as I started to gently rub it onto the wood, I soon realized that it was not going to hurt my wood doors, it was simply smoothing them and removing any bubbles or imperfections in the varnish.
Our doors came out perfectly smooth, and they match our maple cabinets to a tee! Reading a little bit about steel wool online, I found that it Buffs Furniture Wax, Rubs On A High Luster Finish, Puts A Matte Finish On Gloss Paint.
I also used super fine steel wool on an unfinished cedar chest we purchased. It came from an unfinished wood store, and was much cheaper since it didn't have any varnish or other type of finish on it. The steel wool was used initially to smooth out the wood surface (on the outside only) before applying the first coat of sealer.
When this super fine wool is used, there is no dust formed, it's not like sanding wood, it's just smoothing it, or buffing it. The super fine steel wool helped finish our cedar chest and gave us a professional looking job.
Working with the steel wool feels a little strange, as it is a little bit scratchy, but I didn't feel the need to wear any gloves and it didn't hurt my hands at all.
This is manufactured by Homax Products, and when I visited the website listed on the bag, I was extremely surprised to read that this super fine steel wool can even be used to clean windows and glass without liquid cleaners! Again, I was skeptical, but I just used it, (very lightly), on our patio door, and it really does clean glass!
We had a few tiny drops of paint splatter on the glass from painting our trim, and this has never come off with any of my glass cleaners, but the Rhodes American Steel Wool removed these instantly, without scratching the windows in my doors! I never would have guessed. I don't think I would want to clean my windows every time with steel wool, but on certain occasions this is great information to know. It removed my dogs nose prints as well, cleaning my glass better than a glass cleaner!
The package of Rhodes American Steel Wool is very inexpensive, I don't think we paid more than a few dollars for our bag, and this product can be found in most stores that sell paint supplies.
This steel wool helped remove some rust from my husband’s pliers that he stores in the garage, which gave me a few other ideas for using it. I am trying to sell some golf clubs, and the steel wool really helped clean the clubs and make them nice and shiny. It even removed some water spots on the chrome faucet in our bathtub.
I can't say enough about the benefits of using Rhodes American Super Fine Steel Wool, and I gladly give this my highest rating.
Thank you Dawn, for adding this for me!
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