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Old 05-20-2016, 01:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Waterford, WI
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Default Thanks for all the suggestions and advice - Test Results

I appreciate the willingness that people have to share knowledge and experience on this site. I'm also amazed at the wide range of techniques that work for different people regardless of the subject!

I received my EEE UltraShine in the mail yesterday and ran an experiment. I partially turned down, just so it was round, the upper and lower barrel pieces of the blue dyed buckeye burl that one of my customers requested. I got the best finish I'm capable of with the skew, then I dry sanded 320, 400, 600, 1500 grits. After that i used the EEE per instructions on the jar for both barrels and wiped the wood clean.

Both barrels at this point had a nice sheen to them. For one barrel, I went straight to the Pens Plus friction polish (3 coats).

The other barrel got a wipe down with DNA to help remove wax residue, then I hit it with just 2 coats of thin and 2 coats of medium CA (with Walnut oil to extend) to test adhesion. I polished with 6000, 8000, and 12000 grit MM pads, then went to my Macguire Fine cut polish. The Macquire is usually my test for CA adhesion. If CA didn't coat part of the wood, the water in the polish will instantly dull the areas that are uncoated.

Results: Both barrels are considerably lighter colored than the original blanks that I sanded with Walnut oil. The blue dye stands out much better. The shine was actually much better with the PP shellac finish, although with this quick test I only used the 4 layers of CA. Normally I'd use more like 10 to 30 depending on the look I'm going for.

My preliminary conclusion is that the EEE works well as a replacement for the higher MM pads without significantly darkening the wood, even stabilized burl. And on top of the stabilized blank, best finish for time invested would be the Pens Plus (or other shellac friction polish). It really gave a great finish without all the coats of CA that would be necesaary.
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