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Old 02-26-2019, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Turned my first acrylic tonight. While I prefer wood I am happy with the final result. I have sone work to get better turning the acrylic but I love the strings they throw off. I just did the micromesh polish up to 12,000, not polish so I know it could be better but I still like it. Please give honest comments and criticism as I'm here to get better!
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Looks good from here. Do a little polish on it and sell it or as many people do keep their first.
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Looks good from here. Do a little polish on it and sell it or as many people do keep their first.
Thank you, any specific polish you recommend?
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Looks good from here. Do a little polish on it and sell it or as many people do keep their first.
Thank you, any specific polish you recommend?

Oh my there are many different polishes out there. probably many people use a car wax like Mcguire's or something like that. I have always used Micro polish made by the same people who make the Micro mesh products.
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Polishing: . since you have gone through the full Micromesh,

I would use Novus 3 (could actually leave this one out), then Novus 2, then Mequiar's PlastX.
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Nice job Ryan!
When I did my first acrylic I didn't have any plastic polish on hand to follow up after MM. So I tried automotive buffing compound I had sitting on the shelf in the garage. The shine tripled! I still use it today followed by PlastX

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Good job Ryan. I also agree with polishing. Even wooden pens finished with CA can benefit from polishing. I have the Beale buffing system, and I swear by it.
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For acrylics I used to use PlastX but now polish in 2 steps, with Meguiar's Mirror Glaze 2 - Fine Cut Cleaner, followed by Meguiar's Mirror Glaze 9 - Swirl Remover 2.0.
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Great fit and finish.
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Great fit and finish.
Thank you, I am still a newb in the pen turning process but I was very happy with how well the blank ended up for the fit piece.

I did this with my new Magic Skew carbide cutter from start to finish. First time using that tool and first time on the acrylic blanks.
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