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Old 09-04-2017, 01:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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How do you apply it to a pen sanded with eee?
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I've never applied it to a pen sanded with EEE. I sand the pen to the desired grit and then use a very small piece of paper towel to apply the WOP. Thin coat, let it dry/cure, lightly rub with a very fine sandpaper or 0000 steel wool to remove any bumps and then apply another coat. Repeat as many times as you want. Each coat will go on smoother than the previous one. I do all that off the lathe so I don't worry about how long each coat takes to dry. I usually let it dry for 24 hours.

It's very easy to do. No tricks or special technique required.
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Nitrocellulose? The base material for smokeless gunpowder.
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I go back & forth between Woodturner's Finish and CA. For WTF, I apply with a scrap from an old white t-shirt. I can usually use the same applicator 3 or so times before it gets too brittle to re-use. The 2nd and 3rd pens are usually the best. After applying, I have to walk away for 8 to 12 hours to let it cure, then buff with another old t-shirt and finish by burnishing with a scrap of brown grocery bag. CA on the other hand, I apply with white paper shop towel cut into about 2" squares.

Both have been working for me--probably more luck than anything, it is sure not experience.

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Dario---

Much of the materals and techniques of wood turning and pen making are borrowed and adapted from other industries and technologies. While the brands differ from country to country, the basic components are around to be adapted.

There is another thread running about a product sold as automotive clear coating. (KMS Diamond). Lacquer is used in a similar manner as luthiers use on musical instruments or furniture builders use. The buffing of pens is based on metal work industries.

Look around for sources.
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Old 09-05-2017, 02:24 PM   #16 (permalink)
 
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Ok thanks
Last question... Bog oak... Better finish it or leave it as it is?
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I would say that you should apply a finish to bog oak .... what ever finish works for you.
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General finishes "wood turners finish" is easy, non toxic compared to CA, cheap and shine up nicely. Tough finish, check the blue paper towels after applying it - they are rock hard in an hour or so.

I use it for my non-CA coated pens.
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