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Old 01-24-2018, 10:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by leehljp View Post
BLO is not absolutely necessary. I used it for a while because that is what I read here (years ago). For me being a "logical" thinking person kept asking "WHY" is it needed? Answers were pure speculation. Testing by me and a few others (which can be considered purely subjective) did not prove anything one way or the other. If it doesn't help, then it is just an extra (unnecessary) step for me. If it does help, then that is good.

Sharon, above, said in another post on another thread how it aids in the finishing process for the people she works with. It takes a keen observer to notice that. For me, I have some and use it on some woods but not on others. I don't use it to aid the finish/feel or application. I do use it on some amber and brown woods to give it a better tone. I always try the BLO on a cut-off piece to see if it gives me an enhanced color or not. I do NOT use it on holly or blood wood. It makes whiter holly look ivory toned and it causes bloodwood to have a hint of an Orange tint, neither of which I usually want.

I most certainly do not use it on oily woods if applying a CA finish as it can reduce the adherence of the CA to the blank and aid in causing "lifting" of CA at the ends of the finished blank.

Experience and personal preferences should determine its (BLO) use or non use.

Adding in: If you apply CA with paper towel (PT), it could be more beneficial in that BLO aids in adding more CA to the blank, and does lubricate it some. What I mean by this if you apply the BLO to the PT and onto the blank, and then add CA onto the PT over the BLO, more CA will get to the blank. Not using BLO on PT does cause the PT and CA to sometimes adhere to the turning blank!

Again, that is part of the reason I don't use PT. I use applicators that puts 100% of the CA onto the turning blank. (I started out turning pens when living overseas and CA was EXPENSIVE. PT absorbs about 80% of the CA in my estimate/experience. With BLO as a backer on the PT I would surmise that around 50% is absorbed into the PT.
So how do you apply the CA w/out PT?
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Old 01-24-2018, 05:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Dieseldoc View Post

So how do you apply the CA w/out PT?
First, this is not a new thing, it has been around for ages.

Some people use the little bags that parts come in. Slip it over a finger, and then under or beside the turning blank, add a few drops of CA and rub it the length of the blank.

Some people use Michaels and Hobby Lobby foam sheet layers. Cut a piece about an inch or inch and a half wide, apply a few drops of CA and the foam spreads it evenly from one end to the other. I haven't used this as I always have enough other material around.

Other Material: I have used a rubber glove or lately latex gloves, add a few drops to a finger and wipe lightly on the turning blank from end to end. (You need to be experienced in using a latex like glove or it will get caught and wrap around the spinning blank. )

I use thin nylon like pieces (similar to thin tupper-ware tops). I cut these into squares. And do the same as above. Even thin playing card stock will do but the best ones are the plastic playing cards.

Basically material that does not absorb the CA and is flat and smooth and somewhat flexible.
Hank Lee

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