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Old 07-25-2014, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Smile What is a good finisher for wood pens?

Hooray, I did it. I finished my first pen and assembled it. Now I want to apply a good finish to it. I am confused with all the different types of finishing compounds. What is best to use?
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best to do it before you assembled it ... I don't what to use after that
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Well, it seems you may have gotten ahead of yourself. The finish is generally applied before assembly. Check the Library and go to the link for Penturning 101. There's lots of good information there. If you can disassemble your pen (sometimes not an easy task), do that and put it back on the lathe for finishing.

A lot of people use CA glue for a nice hard plastic finish. There are about a b-zillion things to try -- shellac, varnish, laquer, boiled linseed oil, and et cetera. Take your pick, but finishing usually goes much more easily if done on the lathe.
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Congrats on your first pen. I am new to this hobby also. Most finishes that i have read about are put on before the pen is assembled. I found many good articles on finishing on the library tab on this site. Good luck!
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Also, if you like video, look HERE

Under Finishing, near the bottom--two vids.
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I made a pen for a pen swap partner in Australia (BigShed) being new with turning capped pens, I put it together, then wanted to put some kind of finish on it. So, I taped off all the plated parts with 1/8th inch masking tape, and sprayed it with Deft Laquer. Thread was in the old forum, and my earliest post is Dec. '08 But, it made front page
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Hooray, I did it. I finished my first pen and assembled it. Now I want to apply a good finish to it. I am confused with all the different types of finishing compounds. What is best to use?
You're kidding...right? Did you look at the finishing forum...Search...Library?
Come on dude(ette)...read.

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I made a pen for a pen swap partner in Australia (BigShed) being new with turning capped pens, I put it together, then wanted to put some kind of finish on it. So, I taped off all the plated parts with 1/8th inch masking tape, and sprayed it with Deft Laquer. Thread was in the old forum, and my earliest post is Dec. '08 But, it made front page
Chuck has a great and intelligent answer !! Carefully tape off the metal parts and use a spray finish. You don't want to have to sand down any finish and scratch the metal plateing. You can use laquer, poly, or acrylic in satin, semi gloss, or high gloss. Spray several lite coats to avoid runs. You could also use a past wax (auto) or buffing compounds and a buffing wheel if the blank is wooden. If your blank is acrylic or poly resin, use a one or two step plastic polish. Apply by hand or spray and buff with a soft cloth or wheel. I find a CA finish to work best for me on wood. Watch ED's videos on how to use that can be found on this site. For plastics, I use One-Step Plastic Polish. All is not lost !! Last resort, buy yourself a Pen Disassembly Punch Set (Harbor Freight) and take the pen apart, finish on the lathe, and reassemble. I would buy the punch set reguardless, believe me, you will be using it alot, I know I do even after mant years of pen making !! I know you are not the first person to find yourself in this situation, nor will you be the last !! Don't be intimidated or feel tentative about asking questions of people on this site. 99.9% will give you a straight, square, answer !! Jim S

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Jim, are we being a little callous? Ease up, he/she's a newbie. I'm thinking you were also at one time.
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There certainly are a lot of finishing options & there's no easy answer to your question because personal tastes are such a big factor.

My two favorite finishes are Myland's Friction Polish & Craft Coat. Sometimes though, I just wipe on some teak oil & give it a quick coating of carnauba wax.

I've tried several other methods but these are the ones I like best so far. There are many other methods that I haven't tried yet so who knows, maybe I'll find one I like better someday. My best recommendation is to try several and see what works best for you.be sure to watch the two videos that Ed referenced - they are very helpful. You can also buy the glossy Craft Coat product from Ed -- definitely worth a try!
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