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    Default When is it best to use steel wool?

    What sort of things on the glass are best removed with steel wool?

    Can steel wool scratch glass?



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    i use the four 0000 steel wool. they sell it in most window cleaning supply shops. and or your hardware store. its like a pillow and it never scratches the glass. unless you get a tiny rock stuck in it and your smashing to the glass, so change it often. i could go through 1-2 pieces per residential house. sometimes ill steel wool every window on a job if the glass is just way dirty. i charge a little more and the quality is great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeegee Pros View Post
    its like a pillow and it never scratches the glass. unless you get a tiny rock stuck in it and your smashing to the glass, so change it often.
    Rusty (iron oxide) steel wool can scratch glass.
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    sometimes ill steel wool every window on a job if the glass is just way dirty. i charge a little more and the quality is great.
    Why not just use a 6" scraper?
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    I use bronze wool (to eliminate the rust issue) to buff out drips or runs as a touch up measure. I also use it for light hard water spots if I don't have a white pad on me. For general debris removal I use my scraper.
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    Never use your scraper on tempered glass. It scratches pretty easy. Steel wool will remove things from tempered w/o scratching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by High Class Services View Post
    Never use your scraper on tempered glass. It scratches pretty easy. Steel wool will remove things from tempered w/o scratching.
    Hey Jesse,
    You're right using a 6 inch razor on tempered and heat strengthend glass is risky business these days. I find myself using my wool pad more and more and the 6 inch razor less and less. I prefer wool over steel wool pads even though they don't scrub as well as steel because the bronze doesn't rust and the pads last longer than steel wool. As a side note I think the bronze wool pads do outscrub a white scrub pad. They cost more than steel wool but that's ok because of the advantages. On small cut ups I'll use my pad to wet and scrub the window. I like to carry a wet pad for scrubbing and a dry one for touch up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by High Class Services View Post
    Never use your scraper on tempered glass. It scratches pretty easy. Steel wool will remove things from tempered w/o scratching.
    Its not the scraper scratching the glass is the broken bits of fabricating debris that scratch the glass. You could also break one of the glass fines off with your steel wool and scratch the glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunterst View Post
    Its not the scraper scratching the glass is the broken bits of fabricating debris that scratch the glass. You could also break one of the glass fines off with your steel wool and scratch the glass.
    Yes this is true. But the level of risk is different. There is a very slight possibility that steel wool could dislodge FD but a razor WILL dislodge the debris. When we say the debris scratched the glass and not the razor isn't that a matter of semantics? I use light pressure when I wool tempered and heat strengthened glass to minimize the risk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdefiel View Post
    YWhen we say the debris scratched the glass and not the razor isn't that a matter of semantics?
    No, Mike, and it's an important distinction.
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    I use light pressure when I wool tempered and heat strengthened glass to minimize the risk.
    You still use customer education and a waiver, yes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by High Class Services View Post
    Never use your scraper on tempered glass. It scratches pretty easy.
    Quality tempered glass without fabricating debris does not scratch. Period.
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