I like this tack cloth much better than the standard ones I have used in the past. They don’t make your fingers sticky and yet remove dust , etc. equally well. I was given some automotive painting tack cloths (likely 3M ) by a friend and these Rockler ones seem to be as good, plus they can be washed. The sticky ones must be discarded when loaded with dust.
I have been applying a water based acrylic varnish over stained wood using the low cost cheesecloth tack rags, which is the only thing available here. I became aware of the Norton microfiber product and found it in the Rockler catalog. Everything that I learned during research indicated that this dry tackcloth would work well. All that I can say now is that this Norton product is fantastic. No problems with dust and no problems getting the finish material to go on smoothly. Great product. What amazed me was thatno store here was even aware of this dry tack cloth! including two paint stores. Even the two leading home centers do not have it. Thanks Rockler.
This cloth sounded great based on the reviews. When I tried it, I found it left quite a bit of wood dust on projects. I had to go over items with a traditional tack cloth, and it showed me how much this tack cloth had missed. I found I had to wash it frequently, too,even with minimal use. I love the idea of something that's reusable, but I'm ordering more of the traditional tack cloths today.
Is this any different from inexpensive, bulk-packaged microfiber cloths? Those can be cleaned too and I've used them for sanding dust removal but with mixed results (they tend to work after fine sanding and, oddly, only in one direction with the grain). The overview on this microfiber dry tack cloth mentions "special coating" but that could mean anything or nothing.