Do you backpaint TruStone blanks? - International Association of Penturners
     International Association of Penturners
Pens for Service Members
 
Support The IAP

Go Back   International Association of Penturners > Community Forums > Penturning
  Forgot Password
Register FAQ Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Penturning General penturning discussions not specifically addressed in one of the specialty forums.


Logged on members can hide ads!

Welcome to penturners.org!

You've found the home of The International Association of Penturners. You are currently viewing our site as a guest, which gives you limited access to view discussions, photos, and library articles.

Consider joining our community today. You'll have full access to all of our content, be able to enter our contests, find local chapters near you, and post your questions and share your experience with our members all over the world.

Membership is completely free!!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-13-2018, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
TattooedTurner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Surprise, Arizona
Posts: 1,252
Photos: 287

Default Do you backpaint TruStone blanks?

Hello All,

I've got a couple TruStone blanks I'll be using for pens. BTW's website says they're very opaque but I just want to make sure I don't need to backpaint them. I'm using the Bloody Basin and White w/Black Web designs. Has anybody used these that can give me some firsthand advice on if I should backpaint the blanks or not?

Thanks.
__________________
Jay
TattooedTurner is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-13-2018, 05:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
mark james's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Medina, Ohio
Posts: 7,808
Photos: 498

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TattooedTurner View Post
Hello All,

I've got a couple TruStone blanks I'll be using for pens. BTW's website says they're very opaque but I just want to make sure I don't need to backpaint them. I'm using the Bloody Basin and White w/Black Web designs. Has anybody used these that can give me some firsthand advice on if I should backpaint the blanks or not?

Thanks.
Hi Jay, a very timely question. I just finished these letter openers just a few weeks ago as Christmas presents to my three adult children. I did not use any backpaint. These TruStone blanks I have had for 3-4 years, so they may be from the original factory stock.

You may be aware, but if not, here is what I have heard; and please anyone correct me if this history is not correct.

edit, these are all gold matrix.

The original manufacturer of Trustone had "issues" and is not the same company that makes the blanks now. So the blanks I have and used, may be a different formulation that what is currently available. What for me may have been a very dense formulation may not be the same as recent iterations.

So, for me - no backpaint. My opinion only - when examining the letter openers, no hint of the brass tube. (Two hairline fractures on one due to me getting the blank too hot during drilling, but no real visual issues for my audience!)

While these blanks were in my cabinet for several years, they were easy to turn (with caution and experience) and polished up nicely. I need to buy some of the new stock and compare. The old stock was great and the newer stuff may be just as fine.
Attached Thumbnails
img_1158.jpg  
__________________
Check out the
IAP Collection

The IAP Collection is a permanent collection of pens
that has been established from the
IAP Membership explicitly for the purpose of
public display, preservation and inspiration.

Last edited by mark james; 12-13-2018 at 05:50 PM.
mark james is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-13-2018, 06:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
Ted iin Michigan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: webberville, mi
Posts: 1,445
Photos: 1

Default

Pretty much the same as Mark. When the price went sky high I stopped buying. Still have some left but only for "special" orders where I can recoup the cost. But that isn't the question. Answer - I have never painted a tube or the blank and have never had an issue. The material is, as I understand it, stone dust and 10% resin. Pretty much opaque IMHO.
__________________
Ted in Michigan
Go Buckeyes!
Ted iin Michigan is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Advertisement
Old 12-13-2018, 06:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
magpens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Photos: 76

Default

The Trustones that I turned required no painting. . They are totally opaque down to the thinnest I have turned them, which was a wall thickness of about 0.040" (Sierra).
__________________
Mal
Kids rule the world !!! .... eventually if not already !
magpens is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-13-2018, 06:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
KLJ
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Flat Rock North Carolina
Posts: 178
Photos: 32

Default

Same here, never painted mine and they were fine.
KLJ is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-13-2018, 07:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
TattooedTurner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Surprise, Arizona
Posts: 1,252
Photos: 287

Default

Thanks for all the quick replies. I was able to drill the blank and epoxy the tubes in so I can turn it on my day off tomorrow, which still leaves me the whole weekend!
__________________
Jay
TattooedTurner is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-13-2018, 08:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
jttheclockman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NJ, USA.
Photos: 104

Default

Not all trustone is the same even the older stuff. Alot depends on how and what kit you are using. Some kits allow for more material left behind so this is not a yes or no question. I believe those you will have no problem with. But I always like to err on the caution side.
__________________
John T.

My Photo Album
jttheclockman is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Related Content
Logged on members can hide ads
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0

Content Copyright © 2003-2019 by Penturners.org, LLC; All Rights Reserved
Terms Of Service   Acceptable Use Policy