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Old 10-26-2017, 07:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I don't know if it is the same but CSUSA sells Mylands Melamine Lacquer.
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Craft Supplies has a Mylands Melamine Lacquer.
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I am following this thread carefully and will explore its suggestions - thank you! I prefer a Wipe on Polyurethane (oil) finish, but am open to others. I use a slow speed turning mandrel (10-15 RPM) and do 4-6 coats over 2-3 days.

The suggestions noted above interest me.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by rayberry View Post
Oh, I don't know what is available in Alaska, but I and Phil use Chestnut Melamine Lacquer which is available in some states, I understand.


A google search did not show up the Chestnut brand melamine lacquer suppliers in the US, but did locate Mylands brand at Craft Supply for $25 per 1/2 liter. MSDS sheet from Axminister shows it to be flammable so ground shipment only with hazardous transport fees.

The hazardous shipping costs practically eliminates it from Alaska use.

Practicability in other US/Canada locations is problematic........
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:42 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Default Pen finishing & keeping the feel of wood

Iím a noob here and donít sell pens but have done a lot of finishing and painting.
I donít follow how a built up finish of any kind will retain the feel of wood? I use a finish and method that I like. It is what I would use if I were selling pens because of the durability. It dries rock hard and will never chip, peel or yellow. I gave my step son a pen a year ago that I put a thin CA finish on and sanded back to matte. It qualifies on look and feel. He carries it everyday, normally in a pant pocket. I looked it over the other day and it defiantly shows some wear. Mostly small dents. I put shellac and wax on many wood projects and really like how it looks and feels but would never put it on a pen. It just wouldnít hold up well.

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Old 10-27-2017, 06:55 AM   #17 (permalink)
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There are vendors that sell the stuff here in the US, have not seen the rattle can spray stuff (seen in UK) sold here but you may find it donít know.

Mylands Wood Finishing Products

Not sure what type lacquer, but can find rattle can lacquers here.

I have used Deft & Watco clear lacquers for many different turned items. Just normal nitrocellulose lacquers you can brush, dip, spray, or wipe-on. My only change to doing laquer finish is no longer buy or use sanding sealer. Just use thinned lacquer instead if necessary.

You have different types of lacquer sold here for by finishing industry CAB-Acrylic, Post/ and Pre catalyzed, nitrocellulose, and water-borne. Most of us familiar with different brands of nitrocelulose lacquers because easy to use and inexpensive and availble just about anywhere.

I can get same results using nitrocellulose lacquer as Melamine without the expense. If you want faster recoat time pay bit more and get Melamine. Not sure if Melamine lacquers impart yellow hue over time, but with except for waterborne lacquers, nitrocellulose lacquers do. CAB, and catalyzed do not but need spray equipment and much more expensive.
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Old 10-27-2017, 07:00 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I did find Phil Dart's article interesting and very detailed.

Ray Berry thanks for posting.
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I started using Behlens instrument lacquer with the idea if its used on a musical instrument it would hold up on a pen. One specific property is its flexible. The bad side if you follow their instructions it takes time. I have no long term testing yet as to durability. My blanks ideally require spraying due to their design. The melamine is a consideration. Thanks for the info.
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