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Old 09-24-2017, 05:07 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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WTF doesn't coat like CA does. Gotta give it a bit of time to dry between coats. Depending on what your doing that can be 2 - 10 min. with 8 coats it should pretty good as is, I lightly sand with 3000 grit between coast. If you want a really good shine, go straight to a high speed buff or use a plastic polish like Mothers or Novus. That usually works for me. Also, I sand the wood down to 2000 grit before applying WTF.
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Old 09-25-2017, 08:49 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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I agree with BeeAMaker, let it dry (each coat and after the last coat). I know everyone wants to finish quickly, but leave it overnight. Sand it with 1000 grit and polish. Expect a bright shine.
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Old 12-19-2017, 10:58 AM   #23 (permalink)
 
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Here are some freshly finished bottle stoppers. Six coats of General Finishes Wood Turnerís Finish. Very smooth and glossy after buffing.
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The last coat has to cure over night before you buff or wet sand. It is water based.
With lathe on it will dry sufficiently for another coat in 5-7 minutes IME.

Holds up long term better than anything else I have seen. It doesn't look quite as good coming off the lathe IMO. A shellac/wax finish is still best for pens that are not going to be handled. Quite a few of the pens I have sold sit on shelves in on desks in their boxes.
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Default Wood Turners Finish rocks

Yes I agree, apply all the coats you wish and leave it overnight. Buff and beautiful.
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Finish on first one on left very nice. Third one on right not so hot. But 2-3 hours to finish one pen plus turning time? Sorry, but not me cuppa.
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It could be the photographer (me), but when I brought that red one into put it on display today it sold in seconds the one on the left a minute later. They were all smooth and glossy everywhere. I left them overnight to dry and gently sanded them with 1200 grit and polished with all three buff on a Bealle System.
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Lots of good information here. Many thanks! I need to look into the Beal system. Wonder if the wife would like one for her birthday?
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But 2-3 hours to finish one pen plus turning time?
6 coats at 7 minutes a piece is 36 minutes. 10 coats is one hour. I put 12 on once and saw absolutely no added benefit. 6-8 is the sweet spot for me as long as I don't mess one up and have to fix it.

The actual process time is about the same as CA. It is lathe time that is killer. I have two lathes and an egg timer. When the timer goes off I put another coat on the finishing lathe which can easily hold a few pieces. Currently two for most kits, but I am trying to get a slightly longer bar that will hold 3 or possibly 4 using no-stick bushings.
If I finish 3 pieces at a time that is less than 15 minutes of electricity per piece. A fair trade for no noxious fumes.

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There are pros and cons to both, and I still use both depending on what I am doing.

I like how CA gives a glass "feel" for somethings, but in some cases I want to still be able to feel the grain in wood. Here is a small bud vase I did for my sisters Christmas present. 5 coats of WTF, no polish. It would probably shine up even more if I polished it.



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