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Old 12-03-2017, 06:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Put a nitrile finger cot on, squeeze a small amount of glue onto the gloved finger, apply to turning piece at 500ish rpms. You don't need any other applicator... When I do it right I can start sanding at 800 grit.

You also don't waste glue that reacts with a towel or risk burning yourself. ;)
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:33 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thank you for the ideas. I will give them a try after I raid the wife's craft room.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:46 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I use the blue paper towels. Works well for me. I usually do about 5 coats of thin then 10 coats of medium CA. I run the thin on from the top with the towel on the bottom. I put the medium on the towel then run back and forth across the blank 5-8 times. I use the non-aerosol accelerator. Just a couple of small sprays and then I cut the used part of the towel off and immediately apply the next coat. I then start sanding with 400-600 grit and then 1500 - 12000 micro mesh. Works well for me.
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I use paper towels and turn the lathe by hand. I use a half towel,fold it into fourths and then in thirds. I use the corners and can count the number of coats by the number of towels on the floor. Kurt Hertzog had an excellent article in the AAW magazine on pen finishes- CA, lacquer, and epoxy.
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Old 12-04-2017, 11:29 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Craft foam, 1100 rpm, thin CA, one drop per slimline segment. You can also do the BLO method like this. The craft foam does not absorb any CA, all is on the blank or bushing if you use them.
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