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Old 10-13-2018, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got a couple of Rhino blanks from PSI and this will be my first time turning this type.
My question is how translucent are they ie. do I need to paint the tubes??
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Old 10-13-2018, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if I've used them or not, but I always paint the blanks juuussst in case.
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Old 10-13-2018, 04:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would suggest painting the tubes and the inside of the blanks. I've made a number of those blanks and they can get a little translucent on the ends once you've turned them.
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The allure of the rhino blanks for me has been they are my goto blank when Iím in a hurry. I havenít yet had to back paint the blank before glueing up saving me a day waiting on paint to dry. I also love the look of the blanks.

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Old 10-13-2018, 06:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Depends on the blank color I'm sure but there are some that certainly need it

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Old 10-13-2018, 06:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I paint both no matter how opaque the color appears. The other thing I am mindful of is seeing the painted drill/rifling marks. For me, some colors/hues just are not right for the look I want to achieve - remember, I said, "For me."
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Old 10-13-2018, 07:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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To be on the safe side, .... PAINT ! . Some can be translucent.

I love Rhino blanks, but they can be chippy so turn with care.

Especially love the way they polish up ... brilliant !

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Old 10-13-2018, 08:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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To paint or not also depends on the pen itself. A Sierra style pen has very little material left at the tip, so the tube tends to show if the blank is at all transparent. Some of the Sierra variants, however, leave more material (LeRoi V2 comes to mind) and will be more forgiving. But of course, when in doubt paint cuz a tube that shows through looks awful.
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Cut a thin slice off the end. Smooth and polish it first if you like. Take the slice and put it on something brassy like a trophy and see if it shows through. If it doesn't you don't need to paint it. If it does then put it on various colours to find one that you like and use that colour.
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Pete I like that idea of cutting off a thin slice first..
Since this is a gift pen I think I'll paint to be save.
thanks for all the input.
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