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MicroMesh Swab Reference

(This page revised June 22, 2012)

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MicroMesh swabs are remarkably useful for shaping and polishing concave rounded surfaces. Among other tasks, I use them frequently to smooth the insides of piston-filler barrels that have been roughened by friction from a deteriorating piston seal.

MicroMesh swabs

But it’s too easy to lose the card that comes packaged with the swab set, and you can’t tell the players without a score card — so this page lists the 12 swab colors in order from coarsest (Sea Green) to finest (Gray) along with their corresponding grit references in other standard systems. In the U.S.A., for example, ordinary sandpaper is graded by ANSI/CAM grit size, so the Bronze MicroMesh swab is equivalent to 400-grit sandpaper.

Colors in this table have been matched to real swabs on a calibrated monitor; if your monitor is off calibration, colors may be a little different for you.


 Sea Green 
100 MX P280
 Country Blue 
120 MX P320 A-65 52µ
 Dusty Mauve 
150 MX 280 P360 45µ
1500 400 A-30 30µ
1800 600 15µ
 Dark Purple 
3200 1200
3600 1350 8µ
4000 1500 A-05 5µ
 Light Purple 
6000 4µ
 Royal Blue 
8000 3µ

The information in this article is as accurate as possible, but you should not take it as absolutely authoritative or complete. If you have additions or corrections to this page, please consider sharing them with us to improve the accuracy of our information.

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