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Old 10-08-2017, 05:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Two issues I've seen in this pen both of which are only visible if the pen is inspected closely under bright light.

1) Several small scattered pits in the finish. I haven't really read much about those in other threads. I though I had put on enough coats to even out any grain holes. Any thoughts?
One big problem with counting the coats or thinking about putting on enough coats is that one is trying to guess how much is enough. That is kind of like the old adage of "a watched pot never boils", i.e. it takes a long time. Heavy deep grain pores must be filled. No, ifs, ands, or buts - if you want them "filled". A coat or two or three with thin CA and using paper towel will not fill it except by numerous applications. This is where medium and thick are necessary. There are different methods of applying medium and thick that do not use CA absorbing paper towel and will fill the pores. It might take a few minutes for the medium or thick CA to set up, but at least the pores will be filled.

As to paper towel, it finally dawned on me after 2 to 3 years that the paper towel was fighting the blank for CA and the paper towel was winning - meaning that 3 to 5 times as much CA was being absorbed by the paper towel than was getting onto the blank and into the pores. I didn't have time for that. I use an applicator to spread the CA so that 80 to 90% goes onto the blank and the pores are filled.
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