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Old 02-18-2019, 09:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Iím a novice so Iím after a bit of help. I have turned a Euro twist pen in acrylic that is fairly translucent and because the nib end is quite thin you can see the brass tube through the acrylic. The top tube is okay because itís thicker. Any ideas that will help?
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Iím a novice so Iím after a bit of help. I have turned a Euro twist pen in acrylic that is fairly translucent and because the nib end is quite thin you can see the brass tube through the acrylic. The top tube is okay because itís thicker. Any ideas that will help?
Paint your drilled holes prior to gluing in the tubes on acrylics. I use a q-tip (or similar applicator) to spread the paint in the hole. You can also mix a bit of the same color paint with the epoxy used to glue in the tubes.

I use acrylic paints such as Testers, but others use spray paints. Use a color that will complement your blank as it will likely look decidedly different after painting the holes.
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As far as that pen goes, I have no suggestions or solution. For future pens paint the inside of the drilled hole using the same color paint as the acrylic before gluing in the tube. Allow the blank to cure overnight before gluing.

Ah, I see John posted his answer as I was typing mine. His is better and more thorough.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdtZvq9A7nQ
Talks about color to reverse paint


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbOb1UJnqdY
Talks about WHY and When to paint


Hopefully that will help you understand and solve your "see the tube" problem




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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdtZvq9A7nQ
Talks about color to reverse paint


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbOb1UJnqdY
Talks about WHY and When to paint


Hopefully that will help you understand and solve your "see the tube" problem




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Simple, why didnít I think about that. Thank for the help
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I do what Ed does basically for all non-opaque purposes. I just shoot the paint in hole of the barrel (sloppy, but I don't mind) I also paint the tubes (just a extra step - heck, the paint can is out and well-shaken, why not?). I do wait a full 24 hours before gluing and I only use epoxy. Keep in mind, that many, many others have excellent results practicing different processes. It is only a "poor" process, if it doesn't achieve the results that you are looking for. I like the Rustoleum and Krylon lines. I try to find flat colors or the primers.

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Clamp your newly painted blank in your chuck and spin at max RPM for a few seconds. It will even out the paint leaving a consistent smooth finish.


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I bought some tubes at WC that are painted white for such occasions.
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I bought some tubes at WC that are painted white for such occasions.
Iíd paint the holes even when using white tubes because the glue can still show up splotchy if the blank material is translucent enough. Some blanks are so translucent that at least in my hands, they look awful even when well painted- you can still clearly see the painted surface of the hole
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Shock Me, good advice, never thought of that as I haven't had occasion to use the white tubes yet. Thanks!
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