I know I've seen the directions on making your own tack cloth here on the forum (something to do with linseed oil and turpentine maybe???) but I could not find it when I went under "search". So, as I am getting really tired of paying almost a dollar for a little bitty cloth at Lowe's, I was hoping someone out there would share the "recipe" with me. Thanks!
"Get yourself a cotton rag or piece of cheesecloth. Soak it thoroughly in rosin or something else that will stay tacky, like spoiled shellac. Squeeze out the excess, and presto, you have a tack cloth. "
I made some from varnish and cheese cloth once, worked fine. Your window for using it isn't open as long as commercial tack cloth...but I'm like you...can't see paying for it :)
My method has been to take poly and a little mineral spirts mix them about 50/50, soak your cotton rag in it then ring it out and put it in a jar with a lid. It will stay tacky for a long time in the jar. After you use it put it back in the jar till you use it all up.
First of all you take a piece of cloth and a small package of tacks... :D
I have a formula book that tells how to make your own tack cloth, probably the same as the info you have already received. My thinking is, though, that for as cheap as tack cloths are I have better things to do than make a mess trying to make my own.
By the time I have found the materials, got the right amounts together and waited a while for them to dry, I have used up a Half hour. That is after I have spent 2 or 3 hours perfecting the formula. My time is worth more than $2.00 an hour.
Has anyone mentioned spontanious combustion. There have been a few articles written on the subject and the formulas that I have seen here are just like those that can start a fire in less than a half hour.
Sorry about the rant. I have already spent half a liftime making things and making do rather than buying the better solution from those that know. I have vowed not to do it again.
...it was cheese cloth impregnated with bee's wax.
Right now I don't even have any (I don't think) or I'd check. Not that I've used it that much anyhow.
I just sorta figured I would be adding something to something I was trying to clean up.
So I usually just dampen a piece of cheese cloth with some mineral spirits for a wipe. And that's after whatever has gotten a good blow with compressed air.
But then I'm kinda weird in some ways.
(Shrug)....maybe a lot of ways. LOL :D
Wow! so many missives over 96c worth of stuff :) Ok, I have to admit, I LIKE saving money, and even a buck here and there adds up. If I factored in my "salary", I'd be better off working overtime--of course!! But that's not it, I just like knowing I can do some things by myself. Both John and I like to piddle around in the workshop anyway. I bought 5 sq.yds of cheesecloth for $2.50 and the other is 1/3 sq.yd. for $1. I have a sealed metal container to put it in (even spontaneous combustion requires O2). So it will be ok, hey it's not brain surgery (believe me I work with people that do brain surgery and you would NOT want them working in a shop with you) Anyway, thanks again for the musings on both cloth and sloth (see Sonny I can be poetic too :D )