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Old 01-18-2018, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fast or slow. Heavy or light

I am new to turning pens , and want to try and get the best possible finish on acrylics. Do you sand through 12000 micro mesh at a high or low speed? Heavy pressure or light preasure? Any feedback would be a great help. Thanks guys and gals
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Low speed, wet sand, light pressure. First I wet sand with 400 before I MM. Then after MM I polish with Maguires Plastx at medium speed.
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Old 01-18-2018, 11:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My heavy handed sanding has caused me many hours of extra work. Sanding with light pressure is the way to go for finish work.
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Some new turners don't realise how much material wet and dry sanding can remove even with fine grits so, I support the advice giving above...!

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Low speed, wet sand through 600, MM with a light touch through first three pads (1280 I think) followed by three coats of PlastX
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Instead of heavy pressure, use lower grits and move up using the next up grit. I have noticed over the years that "heavy pressure" is used when a slight defect is noticed and one (we or I) want to get it out without having to go back down a grit. Take your time and enjoy the journey of pen making. It is the enjoyment of the journey that produces the best pens.
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You are going to get a ton of excellent, up to date advice from experts here. You also may try in the search box "Scratch free acrylic Finish". You may find a process that appeals to you. Happy turning and finishing!
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Also remember to wipe down with a "clean" paper towel between grits. Especially if you are using cheap sandpaper, one grain of "sand" from a lower grit will devastate a smooth finish.
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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So do we go with low speed, about how many RPMs
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree. Low speeds. My pen lathe goes down to two hundred something. That's good. I also support clearing off the mess from the previous grit before the next one. I keep separate "baths" of water for each grit (the plastic cream cheese tubs from Panera work great ��).
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