A tack cloth is just that—a cloth that, when you touch it, feels tacky. IT'S NOT LIKE YOU'RE WEARING WHITE SHINY SHOES TO THE FACTORY FLOOR—VERY TACKY!
No, really, a tack cloth can be man-made non woven wipers submerged in a tack chemical that provides tacking, or a polyester fabric for special needs that has chemical coating for low lint tasks. Most tack cloth's are a cotton based cheesecloth (not cheddar) and is treated with a chemical tacking agent. When you open the pack and touch one, YEP, FEELS TACKY.
So what do you do with a tack cloth? You use it to wipe away dust, dirt, and lint that would contaminate a surface that is to be painted, coated, laminated, photo etched, or otherwise finished.
So think about this. You're doing some woodworking project in your garage. Right before you go to put the top clear coat on, you decide you don't need to clean off the sawdust so, being lazy, you go ahead and put the glossy finish on.
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? YOU SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A TACK CLOTH AND WIPED OFF THE SURFACE BEFORE! That's tacking.
Maybe if you were doing the work for an ex friend or, maybe ex mother-in-law, but if not, DO IT RIGHT. Tack before finish. It's that simple.Want to ensure a smooth, blemish-free finish every time (except when you really don't care)? Then look at what we have to offer. It's good stuff and we think you will like it, so go look.