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Old 08-18-2015, 05:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Again, there are countless ways to finish a pen. Just read over the excellent suggestions here and elsewhere, pick the method(s) that make the most sense to you and start finishing away. You'll gradually tune up your techniques based on what works best for you. For a detailed description of what works for me, see this post.

Just one suggestion. Go to your local Harbor Freight store and pick up a $40 buffer. Get several buffing wheels and a few different polishes (ideally not from Harbor Freight - see the Caswell link in my post above). I thought my finishes shined after micromesh, but after buffing they really SHINE!
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Alternatively, I use Meguiar's PlastX (car finish polish) and I buff my pen barrels right on the lathe without needing a buffing wheel. The bottle only cost me 8 bucks, and the results are just awesome! (Don't use it on bare wood, it's for acrylic, bone, metal, and plastics, or CA-finished pens.)
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I friction rub shellac on a paper towel after sanding to 1000, it dries very quick when it gets hot so you can do several coats quickly. My final is a burnish with brown cardboard from a beer case. It will heat it back up and make it shine. (Cardboard itself is a 1200 rated sandpaper.)
This leaves a medium gloss finish which I prefer.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions, have some spare blanks that I can use to test it out. I am definitely going to mess around with them and see what works the best for me.
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Alternatively, I use Meguiar's PlastX (car finish polish) and I buff my pen barrels right on the lathe without needing a buffing wheel. The bottle only cost me 8 bucks, and the results are just awesome! (Don't use it on bare wood, it's for acrylic, bone, metal, and plastics, or CA-finished pens.)
I use the same polish. Went to Walmart auto section and picked a plastic polish that looked good.
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If you want to learn about friction polish, I suggest you watch Cap'n Eddie's YouTube extravaganza on O.B.'s Shine Juice. It's an education in itself and the way Eddie does it the friction polish is a finished product.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taJbBmcaAZQ
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I friction rub shellac on a paper towel after sanding to 1000, it dries very quick when it gets hot so you can do several coats quickly. My final is a burnish with brown cardboard from a beer case. It will heat it back up and make it shine. (Cardboard itself is a 1200 rated sandpaper.)
This leaves a medium gloss finish which I prefer.
Now I have a reason to buy a case of beer, thanks you IAP AND TurtleTom
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I friction rub shellac on a paper towel after sanding to 1000, it dries very quick when it gets hot so you can do several coats quickly. My final is a burnish with brown cardboard from a beer case. It will heat it back up and make it shine. (Cardboard itself is a 1200 rated sandpaper.)
This leaves a medium gloss finish which I prefer.
Now I have a reason to buy a case of beer, thanks you IAP AND TurtleTom
Get good with that skew and throw the sandpaper away.
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