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Old 03-21-2010, 10:33 PM   #31 (permalink)
 
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Being new to turning, and trusting the advice and comments made by those more experienced turners, I just spent my weekend trying to find a supplier of Grade AAA powdered elk horn. Have not found a supplier yet, but I will try again Monday when stores reopen. The good news is that I did find that left handed smoke shifter I have been searching for since I was in the Boy Scouts.

Thanks for the observations and insight as well.

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Old 03-21-2010, 11:02 PM   #32 (permalink)
 
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Turn with a sharp skew. MM 1500-12000. BlueMagic Head Light Restorer (microfiber clothe), PLASTX by Meguiar's (microfiber clothe), and then finish with Hut Ultra Gloss Plastic Polish (Cotton T shirt).

BTW: Paper Towel is made from wood pulp, should never touch a finished surface. Should also not clean your glasses with it. Polycarb and wood don't make for good friends.
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Being new to turning, and trusting the advice and comments made by those more experienced turners, I just spent my weekend trying to find a supplier of Grade AAA powdered elk horn. Have not found a supplier yet, but I will try again Monday when stores reopen. The good news is that I did find that left handed smoke shifter I have been searching for since I was in the Boy Scouts.

Thanks for the observations and insight as well.

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You will find most that reputable five & dimes will carry the elkhorn!
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You will find most that reputable five & dimes will carry the elkhorn!
Five & dime Now that is way too outlandish to believe More like $10 & $20. I'm beginning to think you are pulling our legs?
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There is a lot of BS...I mean best shine here!
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:08 PM   #36 (permalink)
 
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With all the BS going on here, at least we have a use for all that Bounty paper towel we bought for apply the Novus and Meguiars! :)
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I use Novus 2 scratch remover and then MAAS metal polish. I use just a small amout, both containers go a long way.
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For all of those who use paper towels for polishing plastics and finishes, I would suggest switching to new cotton flannel. The few grit particles that are left over from the manufacturing process of the paper toweling are larger than the grit particles in the polish. There aren't many particles in a good quality paper, but it only takes one of them to leave that unexplained scratch in the finish.

I said new flannel, because any detergent residual from washing can scratch the surface; and drying will harden the ends of the cotton fibers, and that too can scratch the surface.

Here are words to live by. I used viva paper towels which were doing great. Then one day I ran out and decided hey my blue shop towels feel as soft. Well I kept getting scratch marks and I kept figuring well maybe I did not micromesh good enough so back on the lathe and looked at the finish after mm and everything looked great and went to put polish on and again same thing. We after the 3rd time it hit me that the towels are too abrasive. Switched to some flannel pads I had from some flat work polishing and have never looked back.

I can remember when I first joined here all the rage was about a product called micro finish and how everyone was using it. Well I tried it back then and continue to use the 2 step process today and am very happy with the results.
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Grade AAA powdered elk horn mixed at 5:1 with parrifin cut with 20% DNA and 8% linseed oil by volume (not by weight) then sifted through 600TC Egyptian cotton cloth. I store the mixture in quart jars sealed with Ball #36 rubber sealed lids (the blue rubber works best). Apply with flannel cloth while lathe is turning at exactly 2250 rpm (any faster and the compound melts so be careful)
my brain still trying to figure what tha hek of a mix is that,or is it a bomb recipe.
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