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Old 09-23-2017, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Thumbs up Shellawax liquid

I bought a bottle at the Georgia symposium last weekend. I did a pen yesterday with three coats. A bit pricey but I am impressed at how the wood turned out.

Will post photos of two pens when I download from my Android.
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Use one of those pens well before you try selling any of them . While any of the friction polishes look great when fresh , after being used in real world conditions unfortunately you will find that the normal day to day sweat and oils from your hands will ware through and leave the pen looking grungy after awhile . I had to refund a number of customers after the finish wore off . Friction polishes are great for other turnings that don't get handled often .
Take the time to learn a more durable finish like CA , poly or lacqure if you are planning on selling your pens .
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Thanks. Already got one done. Was not aware of what you are saying. Can anything be done before the customer gets the pen?
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I have used Doctors Woodshop Pen Plus since it came on the market. So far, I've had no complaints or problems with it. I've used CA, but prefer Pen Plus. This is a personal preference. Try the finishes that are on the market, the absolutely best finish is the one that works best for you.

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Might want to look in to WTF,
Simple non CA shiny finish

Not sure if it will help you out now or not, but maybe in the future.
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I checked the bottle label. It said for heavy use, use three coats. For me, that would be four or five. My grandfather always said- Little bit good, whole lot better.
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Default I use the cream and not the liquid.

and I love it. Like any wax product, it will eventually wear down, but by that time, the user would have left a nice personal patina instead. I tell my customers that if they want to bring the shine back, simply polish it with any fine wood polish. I figure that if they didn't want to feel the wood body, they would have bought an acrylic pen instead.

Side note, I usually only apply two coats, using my finger to spread it, and a blue paper shop towel to cook it in. I have never been able to see the difference when I add more coates.

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Wouldn't it depend on how often the customer washes his/her hands?
KB, good idea to give "instructions" for future care of the pen.
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Unfortunately once the polish wears off there is nothing to polish back up . Shellac does not have very good wear resistance . The amount of wear is going to differ from person , some people have different body chemistry then others and pens that are used often will wear faster . I can't speak for any of the other finishes on the market but if it has shellac or wax as a base it WILL wear off leaving your beautiful wood pen looking like .... , patina is also called grunge .
Washing your hands before would help but do you really think you could get people to do it ? , that would be a tough one to write in to the use and care guide .
Just remember YOUR reputation is riding on how well your pens hold up over time .
One unhappy customer can mean many lost sales since word of mouth is a great salesman .
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I just checked on WTF/Drs Woodshop finish and these are both based on Carnuba wax which are great for bowls and vases , they create a great shine and will protect the turnings from atmospheric damage and limited handling but they WILL wear off with the daily use that a a pen gets . it does not matter how many coats you put on , it won't last
These finishes are great for those uses but not for pens . Body chemistry (sweat and oils) will eat these finishes over time leaving your wood unprotected and the grain and pores of the wood will fill with the sweat and oils from handling , grunge by any other name .
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