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Old 30th July 2020, 05:12 PM
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Any ideas where to get old fashioned engine cleaners best friend cotton waste?
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Any ideas where to get old fashioned engine cleaners best friend cotton waste?
Liberon sell it, but it is not cheap. They produce it for French Polishing purposes, I came across it in my local hardware shop and bought some for polishing the brass bits. I dont know where you would get larger quantities.
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I have often wondered , nothing like it on an engine .
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Liberon sell it, but it is not cheap. They produce it for French Polishing purposes, I came across it in my local hardware shop and bought some for polishing the brass bits. I dont know where you would get larger quantities.
Yes a google search comes up with this For applying french polish... Engineers cotton waste cane in bales!!
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Yes a google search comes up with this For applying french polish... Engineers cotton waste cane in bales!!
Sounds like yet something else that at one time was reasonably priced now sold as a luxury product !.

Not bought any waste since the mid 80's, and as you say used to come in a large sack, very handy it was to, once it had soaked up all the oil it could be used to light up.
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Cotton waste is available wholesale, perhaps this is a business opportunity for someone.

https://www.europages.co.uk/companie...n%20waste.html


We used to use it in engineering I don't think "health and safety" liked it much, we changed to rags sometime in the 80's.
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'Shoddy' is a thing of the past. Most cotton waste is not recycled, and what is goes abroad. Cotton felt can still be obtained but can leave a lot of bits ( but so could shoddy ). Cotton felt can also contain wool. For cleaning, rather than polishing, I have used 'mutton cloth' - my family were butchers and sold imported lamb wrapped in ' mutton cloth'. There are sellers of these alternatives on Ebay.
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Cotton waste is available wholesale, perhaps this is a business opportunity for someone.

https://www.europages.co.uk/companie...n%20waste.html


We used to use it in engineering I don't think "health and safety" liked it much, we changed to rags sometime in the 80's.
Thanks I have already e mailed Europages links and waiting for a reply. Possibly have to buy a container load!

I'll let you know the response...
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I think that there may be some confusion here . Surely ' shoddy ' was a fertiliser or soil conditioner made from textile waste , I think wool , not the same thing at all as bleached waste ?
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I have googled it . Shoddy was recycled woolen fibre , re spun into an inferior fabric . The waste from shoddy production , including seams and the like , together with short fibres from carding , was marketed as a slow release nitrogen manure and mulch , and was a great favourite among market gardeners . It is still used to grow the best rhubarb , but is now hard to get with the decline of the woolen industry .
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