Uses include removing grime and sludge prior to refinishing, preparing new surfaces, removing old coatings on raw wood and for application in between coats of enamel, paint, shellac or varnish.
Also removes paint from glass, furniture, tile and other surfaces.
Comes in grades ranging from fine to coarse.
More water-based strippers and finishes have led to a man-made synthetic steel wool product. This product will not cause spotting in wood, as standard steel wool can when used with water-based finishes.
Bronze wool is a popular alternative to steel wool.