Emery Cloth

Definition - What does Emery Cloth mean?

Emery cloth refers to a type of woven fabric material coated on one side with a grayish-black abrasive mixture of corundum and magnetite. It is used to smooth metal surfaces during hand working. Emery cloth is excellent for removing unwanted paint, corrosion debris and dirt from a metal's surface.

Corrosionpedia explains Emery Cloth

Emery cloths are designed for metal finishing work that requires durability, such as removing rust and corrosion from metal. Its tough metallic abrasive combines various mineral oxides that are adhered on a durable cloth that resists shredding and tearing. It is resin-treated for overall durability to increase its lifespan.

Emery cloths are often mistaken for sandpaper. However, the two are very different from one another. Emery cloth is a strip of dense fabric with minute bonded metallic particles and adhesives, while sandpaper is made by adhering minerals to paper, rather than cloth.

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