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Old 10-07-2017, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am new to all of this, and have been here reading for several days, and it seems to me everyone that use CA, puts on x number of thin and y number of medium. Is that many coats necessary?
My kit came with high friction polish so I would sand, clean, and polish the blanks; then I would apply a couple of thin coats of CA to seal the polish.
Please educate me.
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Glass look, depth of gloss, extra protection.
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and so when you polish the CA- i.e. level out the tiny ridges and furrows, you don't cut through to the bare wood below.
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I think there's a couple of factors here. When I put CA on I do so with a dry paper towel, so undoubtedly, much of the "coat" ends up on the paper towel. Also, after I put a few coats on, I sand it smooth, so I'm taking away much of what I put on. So I have to do that a couple of times to end up with a smooth solid coat that has enough thickness for me to polish without breaking through.

Normally, I do three coats of thin and then three coats of medium. Then sand t smooth with 400 and then 600 grit. Then I repeat both of those steps again before polishing. So that's a total of 12 coats, if you add them all up. It only takes a minute or two to do the CA coats - it's the sanding that takes a bit more time.

I've experimented with using a plastic applicator (aka pen kit bag) to put the CA on, but find that it goes on too ripply that way, which requires more sanding to smooth out. I've tried fewer coats, but then had it be too thin and I ended up with dull spots when I polished where the underlying surface would be breached.
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I have no technical reason for 8 coats. I do 4 coats of thin followed by 4 coats of medium simply because thatís how many I can do on one folded up piece of paper towel for each type. Early on I did several with 1 or 2 coats of medium only, sometimes by itself, sometimes with some Pens Plus over the top. I seem to be getting pretty consistent results with what I do now.


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Most finishes "build" coats. something like poly only takes 2 coats.
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I have no technical reason for 8 coats.
I put at least eight coats. My grandfather always said, Little bit good, whole lot better.
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I have no technical reason for 8 coats.
I put at least eight coats. My grandfather always said, Little bit good, whole lot better.
My Grandfather always said "I cut it 3 times and it's still too short".
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I use 2-3 coats (sand in-between)...move to EEE and top that off with carnauba. I'm happy with the results.

I would suggest experiment...there are no rules.
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If you are happy with 2 coats then you are done. However, I would suggest experimenting with more coats to see how it looks. I only use thin CA for finishes and usually apply between 7 and 10 coats, sometimes more. I stop when I like the way it looks and I know I will not go through the finish with any sanding or polishing I do.
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