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Old 01-14-2019, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question Turning Clear Acrylic Blanks

Looking for tips on turning clear acrylic blanks. Had a blank made with a football team logo on the tube and wondered if anyone had any advice in turning and finishing a clear plastic blank? turn like any other pen? finishing tips? Thanks.
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I am going to subscribe to this thread cuz I'd like to view the replies and learn. . I have done plenty of blanks that are clear with pre-cast painted & decorated tubes. . Those you treat the same as any other acrylic blank.

Good luck with your project and I hope you will show us photos when done.
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Thanks Mal.
I purchased a Dallas Cowboy blank to make into a pen for a friend. There are folks out in the pen turning world that cast blanks and can almost put anything you'd like in the blank. the blank is made for a specific pen. they usually take the tube for that pen, apply the logo, then cast it in clear or what ever color acrylic one likes. That is how I understand it anyway. I hope the pen comes out nicely also.
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OK, so the brass tube is already cast in ? . Presumably the tube was painted before logo was applied

In that case you just turn it as normally, polish carefully to remove all scratches & done !
I have done heaps like this with beautiful results.

Turn as carefully as you can to minimize surface scratches. . Sand as necessary ... I would use all grits 320 to 2000, or you could substitute MicroMesh, once you get above about 800 grit, and use all MM "grits" up to the finest you have.

For polishing, I use four polishes in succession. . Start with a coarse liquid automotive scratch remover (Meguiar's brand is what I use). . Then I use the Novus 3 followed by Novus 2 (polishes available from ExoticBlanks.com and other pen supply vendors). . Finally, I use another Meguiar's product, Plasti-X, to do the final polishing. . That's just my routine, and others might have equivalent processes. . I do all this by hand because I don't have buffing wheels.
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Turn it as you would any other acrylic blank. I try to start sanding at 600 or 800 ('cause I can't use a skew worth a hoot), take it through 12000 Micro Mesh, hand sanding along the length as necessary, and cleaning it with compressed air between grits. I then polish it on the lathe with Meguiar's Mirror Glaze 2.0 Swirl Remover, remove it from the lathe and wipe the ends down on the polishing pad, and clean the tubes with a tube brush before assembly.
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I make my own blanks. I turn my clear acrylic blanks the same as the full colored ones. I use the mesh sanding pack (180-600). Then I use the micro-mesh pads (1,500-12,000). I wipe the dust off after each grip with a dry paper towel. Then I use my sanding sealer mixture. Then I use carnauba car wax as the final finish. I hope this helps.
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Do the same as any other acrylic pen. May see the scratch pattern more being it is clear but polish out just like any other pen.
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I turn mostly clear cast blanks ... feathers, snakes, labels. I don’t do anything any different than with wood or colored blanks. Turn, sand, 0000 steelwool, micro mesh and polish. Just don’t skip any grits or you may leave scratches from sanding. Sometimes I find it easier to apply a GluBoost finish to my clear blanks, especially alumilite, to give it a glass like finish.
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I COULD tell you what I do, but you'll probably learn more by watching!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHB-6iNNp2g
Turning a JohnU Feather blank about 2 years ago
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A couple weeks ago I found Ed's pen turning videos and found them all very informative and easy to watch. Think I found links from his web site www.ExoticBlanks.com
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