I’m a fan of Drs as well. You can build up a pretty nice shine and it doesn’t leave the wood feeling plasticky. Won’t satisfy people who are after an ultra smooth high gloss finish with a glasslike shine, but for a lustrous satin finish, drs is as good as they come. I use both drs and ca. Both have their place and appeal to different customers.
I found some stuff on amazon that is similar to Yorkshire grit... called Pita’s True Grit. I’ve used it a couple of times.
There are similar products from other suppliers - Ack's Sanding Paste, Dr. Kirk's Trippleee, EEEUltrashine, etc. Or you can make your own - it's basically a blend of beeswax, mineral oil, and an abrasive powder. Some people use diatomaceous earth (from the garden center) as the abrasive, or you can buy abrasive powders from on-line suppliers
I use either a shop-made lacquer-based friction polish (equal parts of lacquer, lacquer thinner, and tung oil), wipe-on polyurethane, or water-based polyurethane (floor finish). Traditional shellac-based friction polishes generally aren't tough enough to withstand continuous handling that pens get.What are the alternatives to a CA finish on wood? Mylands? Wood Turners Finish? Hut Crystal Coat? Something else?
How many coats do you typically end up using.? I just purchased a bottle to try on a duck call I am working on so I will have to give it a go an some pens too.I recently started using gunstock oil. It doesn't seal like a lacquer or a poly, but I have never had any ware issues on any of my guns stocks before.
You forget to mention the rash . Urushiol (present in urushi lacquer and poison ivy) causes a fantastic itchy rash. I can show you pictures of the rash I got if you want. Urushi isn't easy to get currently, best quality comes directly imported from Japan, and Japan Post is not shipping to the US now due to COVID. It's worth the expense and itchiness (wear gloves) because the incredibly beautiful finish can't be gotten any other way IMHO.Japanese lacquer, made from the sap of urushi tree. You apply thin coats and let them dry before polishing - or not.
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