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Old 10-09-2018, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Tried Wipeon poly this time.

So my first 2 pens I finished with Bullseye Shellac. It does a decent job and dries fast which is a plus, but still not getting a high sheen with even 6 coats. I know I know ca finish. Not ready for that just yet. But for my third pen I wanted to try the wipeon poly. I did this pen with Zebrawood. I really like how it turned out. I put 4 coats of poly on. I sanded with 1000 grit between coats. Yea it took a while to cure. It's 4 hrs between coats. I turned this sunday evening, put 1 coat on. Then put another coat Monday morning before I went to work. Came home and put 3rd coat on and then 4th before bed. I like the way the finish looks. The pics don't show real well, but it has a nice shine to it. I know for most of you that time is of the essence but for me its just a hobby and I'm not selling any at this time and have no timely demands. Ok, on to my 3rd pen.
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If you are going to do poly, why not try some lacquer. Gives a deeper shine and works great on wood.
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If you are going to do poly, why not try some lacquer. Gives a deeper shine and works great on wood.
I don't have any. Lol I planned on getting some of that also to compare finishes and see what I like.
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Try putting it under a light to get some heat to assist the curing. When I do this, I can repeat the Poly in about 2 hrs.

Looks fine so far.
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Try putting it under a light to get some heat to assist the curing. When I do this, I can repeat the Poly in about 2 hrs.

Looks fine so far.
I wasnt in a hurry for the finish. Thats why I let it set as long as I did. I'm just experimenting with few things.
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If you are going to do poly, why not try some lacquer. Gives a deeper shine and works great on wood.
I don't have any. Lol I planned on getting some of that also to compare finishes and see what I like.
You will be amazed at the difference. Lacquer is thinner than poly so you may need to build but the great thing about lacquer is it will melt into the last coat unlike poly where it just lays on top and that is why many times it needs a tooth to adhere well and sanding is required between coats.

Again all this stuff comes down to what you are looking for and everyone has their own tastes and desires when it comes to finish. No right and wrong here. If experimenting make notes of what you are doing so that you can duplicate the results if need be. Also remember not all woods finish the same way. Open grained woods, oily woods, closed grained woods and so on all play a role. have fun.
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If you are going to do poly, why not try some lacquer. Gives a deeper shine and works great on wood.
I don't have any. Lol I planned on getting some of that also to compare finishes and see what I like.
You will be amazed at the difference. Lacquer is thinner than poly so you may need to build but the great thing about lacquer is it will melt into the last coat unlike poly where it just lays on top and that is why many times it needs a tooth to adhere well and sanding is required between coats.

Again all this stuff comes down to what you are looking for and everyone has their own tastes and desires when it comes to finish. No right and wrong here. If experimenting make notes of what you are doing so that you can duplicate the results if need be. Also remember not all woods finish the same way. Open grained woods, oily woods, closed grained woods and so on all play a role. have fun.
Yes sir! I'm actually doing another one but this time got me a can deft lacquer. I'm using wenge wood and it seems a little pourus. When I use poly on anything, I sand with 1000 grit after each coat. Did the same with the shellac and plan on doing it with the lacquer. I do it just in case there's something too small for me to feel or see. Lol Luckily, the lacquer does dry about half the time of poly. We'll see how it does. Time doesn't bother me too much using poly and so far I like the finish I got with the poly. Hopefully the lacquer will turn out as good.

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When looking at any brand of wipe on poly check for amount of thinner. Never buy a product with more than 60% solvent/thinner.

If look at this product label over 75% solvent/thinner (Light Aliphatic Hydrocarbon)
Essentially naphtha and lesser degree mineral spirits.

https://www.minwax.com/document/SDS/en/US/027426409002

While the more solvent/thinner used, might allow for faster drying but more coats are needed!

Whether using poly or varnish today different chemical resins a 50% resin to 50% solvent/thinner prefered. Two coats of that 50/50 mix equals one coat of poly or varnish. Some folks use less solvent/thinner to mix thier own wipe on poly or varnish.

You can do the same with thinned lacquer with about 20% lacquer thinner.
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So I really like the looks of the poly finishes I've been getting. Yea it is time consuming waiting 4 hrs between coats, but I got me an idea. I made this little drying rack. Lol 3/16" dowel and 7mm bushings slide over them nicely. Put some CA bushings between them to keep them from sticking together. Now I can lathe, coat and then put them up to dry and be able to start lathing my next pen. Lol
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