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Old 12-23-2017, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I wasn't aware that there is a pen dipping finish some turners use on there pens,,i was told you could find some info in the library but I cant seem to find any,,but I did see one video on you tube and it seemed like a good finish,,can anyone add anything to this process and the finish they use,,actually looking at the video on you tube it seemed a lot easier than a ca finish and not near the time it takes to get the finish you desire by using ca,,,thank you,,
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Jeff, hereís the one Iíve been using.

http://www.penturners.org/forum/atta...03-26-2016.pdf
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Thanks for bringing this up and for the link. This is a viable method for finishing and for some situations, may be the best. It is more work in the direction of setting up a drying system. One thing the Les did in the PDF was to wick the bottom. Back early on, I think we hung it, let it cure and then turn down/off the excess build up on the bottom after it cured. For many people, we get so caught up in the instant cure of CA that we miss some fine finishing methods. One fellow spends approximately 30 days for the finish on most of his pens.

BTW, This also works with CA, lacquer, poly and other.

For the uninitiated - a method or place for hanging the dipped blanks is needed for them to cure. So, space for this is required. While not a big deal, I'm just letting you know ahead of time.
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Yes, thanks for the idea and the link.
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Some info here on the method i use. The main difference is that I use a rotisserie for drying and a thicker clear. Normally requiring only a single coat.
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I have just a Simple Simon Poly system. Attached is a photo of a pen I coated with wipe on Poly several years ago. It is one coat. Pen is mounted on a home made rotisserie. An ebay 15 RPM motor with a 1/4" shaft. Poly is applied with a solder brush. Very durable. There is wear around the center band and just above the nib. I have recently stretched a wire in my shop to hang dipped pens. When the shop warms up I will try dipping. I do not do well with CA.
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Have used this method sucessfully with both poly and lacquer. Used an old coat hanger with bend on the bottom to hold nuts before dipping. Didn’t have problem with chipping of finish at base of the blank.

Coat hanger method allows you have several blanks hanging on your rack for drying. Depends upon species how many times I dipped.
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didn't the poly or laquar build up at the base of the but after you diped it,,
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didn't the poly or laquar build up at the base of the but after you diped it,,
Yes, for me it did and for others early on. But it wasn't a problem after it dried/cured. After the curing/drying out, simply turn it down to smooth or sand lightly (while turning) to level with the rest. Of course use calipers to make sure it is the diameter of the pen components.

This last part is one of the tricky parts of dipping, - how close is the cured finish with the thickness / size of the components.
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didn't the poly or laquar build up at the base of the but after you diped it,,
If you you super quick drying MINWAX WBOM Polyurethane and wick the ends there is no buildup.

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