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Old 12-25-2016, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had good success in application of CA to essentially a straight smooth surface like a pen. Where I run in to problems are profiled surfaces like a light pull or a pepper mill or a bottle stopper where there might be a taper combined with a groove and maybe a bulb end (something other that straight and flat). I start out with thin on a paper towel moving quickly with the lathe on about 700 to try and get even coverage but it gets increasingly difficult in maintaining an even application as the build-up starts. I use accelerant between each coat and sand after every 2 or 3 coats. I then switch to medium and just keep sanding as I go. Takes forever!. My problem is complete and even coverage. This is really tough for me on pieces with dips and notches, etc. and on larger pieces like a pepper mill. I am hoping to get some help on how to apply the CA to these types of pieces.
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Old 12-25-2016, 02:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Best solution I have found is to not even try . I stay away from beads and coves , keeping larger pieces cylindrical or with gentle curves . I use tung oil sealer as a finish because I prefer minimal shine on larger pieces . I only use a CA finish on a wood/plastic composite piece if the plastic is the major portion of the piece .
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Old 12-25-2016, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have done duck calls with lots of curves and had no problems. I will admit that I had about 200 pens under my belt when I did the duck calls. Another thing I did was to use medium or thick CA; slowest my lathe would turn - around 700 - 800 RPM and rubber/latex gloves to smooth it in the curves with a light touch. I would then wait 15 to 20 minutes for it to harden/cure. A couple of times in cooler temp (mid 50s) I waited overnight for it to cure.

If there were streaks/ripples where the CA was un-smooth, I didn't worry about it. Just let it cure and do a second go-round and make sure that ripple area was filled. After a good build up of CA, I then sanded it to shape and on occasion took a small radiused scraper to smooth ripples. The key to smoothing ripples is to have enough thickness of CA to allow the smoothing without getting to the wood.

Hope this helps.

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Old 12-25-2016, 04:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would skip the CA and use either poly or lacquer. Either dip or spray should work. But that is just me. Now I have not played with it yet and will at some time but quite busy, but Solarez maybe an answer also. One other product that I may try at a later date and you do not hear much of is Powdercoating for wood products. I need to read some into this also.
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