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Old 08-26-2014, 12:46 PM   #31 (permalink)
 
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So much for my theory. Three days later and the cracks appeared.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:07 AM   #32 (permalink)
 
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I get cracks when I use accelerator so have stopped using it. No more cracks in my finish. When the ca cracked it crazed like crazy paving. I know it wasn't the timber or assembly which caused the crazing because I stripped the pens & refinished them without accelerator & things were fine.
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I timed myself and waited 11 minutes for a thin coat to be 100% dry. At that rate I would be looking at almost 2 hours to finish a pen with 12 coats.

In a previous life I obviously wronged the inventor of glue and am now being haunted and cursed.
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I finally stopped using Stickfast....have tried a few other "premium" brands, but have settled on Starbond based on recco's here on IAP. I have not seen any cracks with this stuff and have been using it since February. If I use an accelerator it's maybe one shot per pen and only when the CA has gotten tacky when I have one or two coats to go. The following coats of CA dry quickly after the accelerator. Also, I don't use a pressurized can of Accelerator either, there is accelerant in it and I think it affects the CA, I use the Starbond squirt bottle. Most times I don't need to use it at all. Just let it dry like others have suggested here. I found that I can purchase Starbond at Amazon.com. I work in a WoodCraft Store and can get all the Stickfast I want with my employee discount, but it's not worth it if you have to refinish all your pens due to the cracking.---Rich
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Oh, one last thing. I wait for the CA to cure overnight before I start sanding and polishing. Just because it feels like it's dry and ready to go, it hasn't cured. I feel it makes a real difference.---Rich
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If you are waiting 11 minutes for thin CA to dry something is wrong. How much are you using at a time? Is your shop exceptionally cold or dry? Maybe a bad batch.

Try backing off on how much you use per coat. I use 2-3 drops of medium for one coat on a single slim sized barrel. I put it on with a paper towel, so some of that is getting absorbed by the towel. I have never had it take more than a few minutes to dry completely. After 10-15 coats, I let the pens sit overnight before sanding and polishing.
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