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Old 12-07-2016, 02:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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My own current preferred sequence:
Skew and/or round carbide; dry sand grits 400, 600; wet sand meshes 1500, 1800, 2400; Novus 3, then Novus 2; Hut Ultra Gloss Plastic Polish; ending with Novus 1.

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Have you tried micro magic? It's a set of three abrasive waxes. I sand to 800 then use the micro magic. I haven't needed micromesh since and I am still on my first order after at least 100 pens. It's in all the catalogs.


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I've been using Dr. Kirk's Micro Magic in place of MicroMesh for my last couple dozen pens. So far I'm impressed with the results. These photos show the difference between wet sanding and Dr. Kirk's. The last photo is after the three plastic polishes. You can barely see that the plastic polish did remove some scratches.
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I've been using Dr. Kirk's Micro Magic in place of MicroMesh for my last couple dozen pens. So far I'm impressed with the results. These photos show the difference between wet sanding and Dr. Kirk's. The last photo is after the three plastic polishes. You can barely see that the plastic polish did remove some scratches.
That looks pretty good. How do apply it--paper towel or something? Are you still sanding laterally as well as radially? Are you buffing afterwards?

I'd love to be able to cut down on the time it takes to wet sand if the results are similar.

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Where did you get the micro magic, Jim? I would like the give it a try.
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I apply both the Dr. Kirk's and the plastic polishes with the blue paper towels. I don't sand laterally, which I probably should. I don't buff. Just wet sand with 240, 320, 400 and 600; Dr. Kirk's; Novus 3 then 2; and finally PlastX. I'm pretty happy with the results. Oh, and I dry sand with 120 and 240 before wet sanding, but that's for final shaping.
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Where did you get the micro magic, Jim? I would like the give it a try.
The only place I know to get it is CSUSA.

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Thanks. I do lots of acrylic calls. This might save me some time...
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Just ordered some, will see how it goes. I usually have a pretty smooth finish off the lathe. If I could get by with just a sanding with 600 then the Kirk's, that would be a huge time saver. I'd still hit it with the Tripoli and White Diamond on the buffer.
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