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Old 10-08-2017, 06:58 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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After sanding, I do one quick coat of thinned lacquer friction polish. I then apply a very thin coat of BO, and start applying CA glue. I usually add one tube per pen. Depending on pen size, that turns out to be 4 to 8 coats. I change the spot I am applying it from on my folded paper towel each coat. The BO seems to work like a catalyst, drying the CA glue faster. Or maybe it just seems like it.

Just recently started turning Acrylic. Gotta say, I love the fact that you don't have to mess with a finish, Changing the lathe speed, etc. Soo much faster.
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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.

Interesting point regarding paper towel absorbing a large amount of glue. Makes sense and it would seem then that a lot of time and glue is wasted.

What do you use as an applicator instead?



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After the light going on with the paper towel fighting the pen for glue comment I went with what I had, Blue nitrile gloves (parts bags never worked for me either). I must say I use fewer coats, goes on more smoothly and requires less sanding.

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