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Old 07-07-2018, 07:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Just wanting to make the finish look a bit better. I'm using Titebond Thin CA for my finish. I have a pen on the lathe right now with 7 coats. Wanting to go up a step in finishing. No real problem with the blank and the finish itself.
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We use two coats of thin to seal the wood then about six coats of medium. Then micro mesh and buff with white diamond rouge. Always happy with the finish.

The medium i believe helps build up a deeper finish.
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There are essentially three groups you can do this. Also worth noting overlapping methods is NOT a good idea and often shows a lack of education and experience

A) Buffing. Uses liquid, dry or paste to polish.

B) micromesh. This is taken from the automotive industry. It uses wet sanding to remove particles that can and will scratch the substrate.

C) friction compounds. This is the old wood working methods of liquid or paste polished that include abrasive particles. Think of this as liquid sandpaper. Some of the products in this group builds up surface layers to fill in the gaps and erode quickly over time making the shine dull and ugly.

Each one can easily achieve the desired results.

The better argument (not which method is “better”) is which method yields the best appearance for the product.
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Just wanting to make the finish look a bit better. I'm using Titebond Thin CA for my finish. I have a pen on the lathe right now with 7 coats. Wanting to go up a step in finishing. No real problem with the blank and the finish itself.
I think the question is who is to say your finish technique is not good right now?? Are you comparing this to someone elses projects or how do you know what better looks like?? There are so many methods of finishing a simple pen it makes your head spin. No one method is better than an other. Maybe you can get better with what you got. Unless someone stands over your shoulder and sees first hand we will never know. So what does a bit better look like?? Have no idea.
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I use 16 coats of Medium CA with a spritz of accelerator between coats. I then use all colors of padded, wet MicroMesh. I store my MM in a 16oz container of water.

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John T., from the other John T., I noticed what is called in enameling, orange peel, or a rough texture to the CA finish. Not sure what caused it but feel it can be polished out. 0hy other CA finishes look good upon close inspection.
tomas, I do the same as your second sentence with acrylic blanks then the liquid polish.
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John T., from the other John T., I noticed what is called in enameling, orange peel, or a rough texture to the CA finish. Not sure what caused it but feel it can be polished out. 0hy other CA finishes look good upon close inspection.
tomas, I do the same as your second sentence with acrylic blanks then the liquid polish.
Are you using accelerator?? Most times that is the problem. If spray bottle may come out less atamized than can. Spiting through nozzle. Too close to blank. Wrong match of products. Oil on the blank. If you have one or two coats and then it happens I bet accelerator. Did not let bottom coat dry long enough and the materia is oily. If blo used to pop grain this needs to dry and cure first before top coating. That is all I got.
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Take a look at the Stick Fast CA polishes. Follow the directions and no more wet sanding through 12,000 grit CA. Wasn't a believer until I tried it. Works on Acrylics also and smells like tooth paste.
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Again, thanks for your replies and advice! Will take care with my finishes and be sure to eliminate the glitches that I might be causing.
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