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Old 08-14-2018, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Ok, I know this will be a can of worms
I have been away from pen turning and turning in general for quite awhile.
Have been reading the finish forum and think I want to use one of the new flex CAís as I have had some minor cracking in the past. Would also like low odor, but can use dc and respiratory protection.
Trying to decide between the BSI Super Gold+, and the Mercury flex. Any recommendations?
Iím also not stuck on C.A. if there is a better, quick to apply, long lasting finish that you want to recommend.
I primarily will be turning hybrid blanks, but not exclusively.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations and time sharing.
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I know super gold+ is odorless and likely the better of the two.
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BSI Super Gold+ is a wonderful CA, have used it for years with no problems. No reactions to it and the bushings separate from blanks with no chipping.
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Take a look at the link Ed posted. I have been using GluBoost for a few months now and it clearly is my "go to" finish. So easy to apply. Only four coats, micromesh, buff and you have a glass finish.

I demoed it at the AWW in Portland and at Turn On! Chicago. I really like the product. Easy to apply and with lathe off.
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Itís still ECA based.
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In the video, the demo is done with the lathe off but he mentions he also did it with the lathe on. Was that at a slow speed, medium speed or fast speed? And how did it turn out?
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I have used EZ Bond, BSI, Mercury and a bunch of others. I am going to try the GB especially I can reduce the number of coats by 50%. For me, trying different products is part of the fun of the hobby. I also have some hi-end guitars and would think that luthiers/ guitar finishers wouldn't compromise on their finish (I may be kidding myself though). Ed Brown....thanks for the video.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mXLiuV2kzw&t=1s


Take a look and judge for yourself!
In the video, the demo is done with the lathe off but he mentions he also did it with the lathe on. Was that at a slow speed, medium speed or fast speed? And how did it turn out?

I know it is hard to believe, but that video took me nearly 10 hours. Why? EDITING to keep it interesting--and I think I failed, miserably.


Yes, I have done several pens to prepare for the videos and yes, I did them with the lathe running--(edit in: 1000 RPM) I was VERY happy with the results. There will be more videos coming soon. I have another new project that needs my immediate attention to introduce another new product, so I am working on that tonight. Hope to have it done in two days or less, then back to GluBoost.


The owner of the company (GluBoost) called to tell me I should say more about the accelerator--the Finish products are meant to be used with accelerator because they are intentionally slower drying. The accelerator is formulated to avoid white spots and to aid the finish in achieving a clear shine. He points out that this will also avoid sanding dust getting under the finish. He's the expert, so I will heed his advice. So far every pen I have made has had GREAT results, with 5 or fewer coats. As I have made more pens, I have settled on four coats.



MY personal preference is to let the blank sit overnight, after the four coats, then sand with 600 grit the next day. Then, I use my buffing system to get a great shine.


To each his own!! So far everything has worked. I did not have that experience before using GluBoost.


Again, I stress, try it yourself and make your own judgement!!
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I have used EZ Bond, BSI, Mercury and a bunch of others. I am going to try the GB especially I can reduce the number of coats by 50%. For me, trying different products is part of the fun of the hobby. I also have some hi-end guitars and would think that luthiers/ guitar finishers wouldn't compromise on their finish (I may be kidding myself though). Ed Brown....thanks for the video.

I found this a compelling argument, when we started looking at GluBoost. They repair very high end instruments. Those instruments are played, creating substantial vibration, we call it music. The finish does not crack. Seems like pretty strong evidence that it will protect pens.
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