Norton Abrasives Products and Accessories
Norton Abrasives Products and Accessories
Do-It-Yourself/Contractor Markets - North America

Non-Woven Pad Recommendations

Flexible, non-woven pads are ideal replacements for steel wool for applications ranging from heavy-duty cleaning and stripping through finishing to light-duty polishing.


  • Non-woven pads won’t rust, shred or splinter
  • Washable and reusable
  • Can be cut or folded
  • Use with or without chemicals


This starting recommendation guide should be considered a starting point only. Pads are listed from least aggressive to most aggressive acting.

Non-Woven Pad Starting Recommendation Guide

#456 White
Cleaning Pad 0000 Super Fine Steel Wool Equivalent
  • Cleaning glass, fiberglass, porcelain, ceramic, chrome, copper and stainless steel.
  • Highlighting and rubbing wood
  • Use with liquid detergent
#748 Gray
Micro Fine Silicon Carbide
Final Shine Pad 000 Extra Fine Steel Wool Equivalent
  •  Light cleaning steel, non-steel
  • Denibbing plastic
  • Defuzzing wood
  • Finishing areas for blending
  • Final rub
#796 Green
Very Fine Aluminum Oxide
Scouring Pad 0 Fine Steel Wool Equivalent
  •  Removing rust, stains, marks, corrosion, oxidation
#747 Maroon
Very Fine Aluminum Oxide
General Purpose Pad N/A
  • Cleaning
  • Finishing
  • Deburring machinery and tools
  • Removing rust
  • Defuzzing wood
  • Light deburring
  • Preparing surfaces for painting intricate parts 
#746 Charcoal
Silicon Carbide
Blending Pad 1 Medium Steel Wool Equivalent
  •  Cleaning
  • Light deburring of intricate parts
#740 Brown
Aluminum Oxide
Heavy-Duty Pad N/A
  • Removing rust
  • Deburring
  • Blending 
#181 Blue
Stripping Pad 2 Coarse Steel Wool Equivalent
  •  Use with chemical strippers for heavy-duty stripping and cleaning to remove paint, varnish, laquers and other coatings
  • Heavy-duty cleaning of grills, metal outdoor furniture, etc.
#180 Green
Extra Coarse
Stripping Pad 3 Extra Coarse Steel Wool Equivalent
  • Used with chemical strippers for heavy-duty stripping and scrubbing of surfaces to remove point, varnish and other coatings. 

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