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Old 01-28-2018, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Help, not sure what I'm doing wrong with CA finish.

Trying to apply a CA finish on a walnut pen and got this (see pics) after 1500 micro mesh. Any thoughts on what I'm doing wrong?20180128_151400.jpg20180128_151353.jpg

Not sure if I've sanded through the CA? there is no noticeable difference in the feel of the light vs dark spots.

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Welcome to the IAP Dr_N. This is an awesome forum. Your skills will improve with the help of those here, I know mine did.

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Yep, sanded thru for sure
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Thanks for the quick replies. Can I reapply CA from here, or should I sand it all off and start fresh?

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Yes, you sanded thru the CA.
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Thanks for the quick replies. Can I reapply CA from here, or should I sand it all off and start fresh?

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Go ahead and throw another coat on there, you should be fine.
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Agreed. I would throw 3 or 4 coats on there to be safe.
I'm learning that you don't need to sand for all that long on each grit. I still sand through regularly, but cutting the sanding time seems to help and the finish is still good.


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[quote=Dr_N;1963690]Thanks for the quick replies. Can I reapply CA from here, or should I sand it all off and start fresh?

Tell us more about your application process. How many coats of what thickness CA. What did you sand the CA with before micromesh.

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I sanded with 400 after turning. Applied 3 coats of thin ca then wet sanded with 1000. Applied 3 more coats of thin, then 3 coats of medium ca. Wet sanded again with 1000 very lightly then moved to 1500 mm. I think I may be too heavy handed with the sanding. I sand each blank for 20-30 seconds at watch grit of I'm. Probably sanded with the 1000 wet for 10-15 seconds.

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I have had more success matching the finish when I start over - by sanding off the first CA applications.
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