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Old 08-12-2018, 07:57 AM   #11 (permalink)
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If you are dealing with crazy grain or both flate which takes finish and end grain which does not need to use a different finish material like posted earlier. Both lacquer & poly contain more solids although they dry differently.

Alternative is keep pouring CA into those spots allow to dry & reapply until surface is smooth without fogging. Would thicker CA medium or thick have better luck, don't know. Might get better build of finish faster.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The solution I use on larger turnings is fairly thick CA with accelerator .
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Old 09-24-2018, 01:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You may want to try applying the CA while sanding with some 220 grit sand paper? I find the fine slurry works it way into the pores and seals the blank pretty well. I usually use a slightly thick-thin from star bond, not too thin but not yet medium.
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Old 09-24-2018, 06:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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This messing around always occurs for me when the Ca is off. I only use medium anyway. I am waiting now for my first use of another brand (from the USA) from GPW on the Gold Coast Qld.

This CA Super Gold remains elastic, soon find out.

I live in Canberra and we have far greater swings in temperature than you do.

Incidentally if you were to show pics it could assist others to guide you. IMHO judging any product or application or timber on one blank is a waste of time. Move on to the next pen.

How many times do you find even favourite timbers react differently when you least expect it.

Trust you overcome your problem.

Kind regards Peter.
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