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Old 08-26-2017, 03:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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What sort of finish would you use for a realistic cigar pen? Obviously real cigars aren't shiny so it needs to be something else. Full Matt or maybe a Satin finish? I think I have some Matt Polyurethane somewhere would that do?
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What sort of finish would you use for a realistic cigar pen? Obviously real cigars aren't shiny so it needs to be something else. Full Matt or maybe a Satin finish? I think I have some Matt Polyurethane somewhere would that do?
MINWAX Clear Satin Polyurethane.
CA and rub it down with ultra fine steel wool.

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You're right about that shiny cigar. If the blank was stabilized just work it to 3200 MicroMesh. If it was not stabilized I would apply CA for the finish cause it will hold up and not show the effects of skin oil and perspiration that may get on it. Finish the 3 or 4 coats of CA, thin, with MM stopping at the 3200 mark and no polish after that.
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Thanks for that Bill. Excellent tutorial by the way, I've been studying it closely. Not sure what kit to get though as our pen kits often have different names over here. I'll work it out eventually!
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I've just done a quick test with a couple of finishes I had to hand. On the left side of this blank is Matt Acrylic which is touch dry. On the right side is Satin Polyurethane which is still wet. I'll wait until it's dry but I may buy some Matt Polyurethane to try before deciding on a finish. The blank is Brown Mallee Burl.
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Looking for the Satin Ploy to dry and see the difference.
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I sand to 320 then apply a sanding sealer. After it dries I apply Yorkshire Grit and then finish with Hampshire Sheen Original. Gives a nice "feel" of wood without the glitz of a plastic cover (as with CA). The pen in the photo (Thuya Burl) was done with this process.
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John, very nice pen and great looking burl.
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I bit the bullet and bought some Matt Polyurethane. I've turned the finish off the blank and painted half Matt, half Satin. I'll leave it to dry overnight and see how it looks tomorrow.

Nice Pen John, hope mine turns out as well.

I've never seen any Grey wood like the Buckeye Burl so I'm going to have to resort to using something pale and staining it grey I think.
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