Coyote Jim

Strange Question: Is there quality cheesecloth?

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I have a small box that I am finishing up and the last step will be adding some paste wax and I am all out of cheesecloth. The cheesecloth I had previously was given to me by my Dad and it was probably 30+ years old.

So I need to buy some more. Is there a high quality cheesecloth out there or are they all the same and I should not worry about it?

The oil finish needs to cure so I have some time before I need it.

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I have never had much luck with cheese cloth  so I switched to lint free rags I get at HD or if on a finished surface I use microfiber towels from my car washing cabinet.

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The only thing I'm aware of is that it comes in different fineness... coarse through fine.   The fine stuff is more like muslin cloth.   I'm not sure about quality, I suspect there probably is better makers but I don't know who they are.

My wife makes farmers cheese occasionally using buttermilk and uses cheesecloth for that, and I have no idea where she buys it but I suspect it's at the grocery store.

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I used old tee shirts for wax for a really long time then I decided to do what the wax says on the tin and apply with cheese cloth and I'll never go back to tee shirts or rags for wax again. I recommend trying it if you have not.

Cheese cloth was also the way to go when I was learning shellac.

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I would suspect the food industry would be most interested in a cheese cloth that was lint free and didn't disintegrate.

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L.V. has it in rolls. I just ordered some yesterday. I use it inside of a piece of cotton to make a wiping pad/ball for hand applying finishes. For applying wax I sometimes use #0000 steel wool that I dampen with solvent then dip in the paste wax an apply. 

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