And just what is phenolic anyways?

We hear this a lot. It’s an odd material, looks like plastic, has the strength of cast iron and the absorbency of a nice cotton towel.

You read that right, a cotton towel. A phenolic wheel, or phenolic anything for that matter, is made pretty simply: take shredded denim, add phenolic resin, press and cure. This creates a few problems, most notably the cotton towel thing. Cotton is hydrophilic, meaning, in a literal sense, it