Steel wool leaves small fibers behind, which is especially bad when you’re using water-based finish. The water in the finish can rust the stray fibers, stain the wood, and ruin your project. Bronze wool provides one alternative — it’s been used in corrosive marine environments for years. It won’t rust, plus it resists shedding.
Made from a lead-free silicon bronze alloy, bronze wool comes in three grades: fine, medium, and coarse. Use the coarse grade for stripping finishes or removing rust, the medium grade for prepping before finishing and between coats, and the fine grade for polishing or buffing.
Look to pay about $4 to $6 for a three-pack.