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Holzchief

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I try to learn something with every pen. I've been using CA for finishing but just wasn't happy with the results.
This time around I did my usual, sanded to 1200, 24 coats of CA sanded 1200 after after the third, 9th, 18th and 21st coats. After the 24th, instead of using a polish, I wet sanded at 1200, then used the last 4 Micro-Mesh pads wet.
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Holzchief

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Interesting process. just wondering how long between coats did you wait before sanding??
I'm using accelerator with medium CA. After spraying I start the lathe for a couple of minutes, then burnish with folded paper towels. Probably 5 or 6 minutes from applying to sanding.
Not sure how it compares with others, this was my first time to try polishing CA.
Experiments will continue, constructive criticism welcome.
 

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Beautiful looking finish !!! . Very well done !!!!

I think you could cut back on the process. . You're using Medium CA. . 24 coats seems really excessive to me.
I use Thin CA and rarely go over 10 - 12 coats with accelerator after every coat. . I wait only about 2 - 3 minutes between coats.
I sand lightly after every second coat, just trying to level the larger bumps and ridges. .
The final sanding is done more carefully and completely. . After that the polishing.
I get results that seem to be similar to yours.
 

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Beautiful looking finish !!! . Very well done !!!!

I think you could cut back on the process. . You're using Medium CA. . 24 coats seems really excessive to me.
I use Thin CA and rarely go over 10 - 12 coats with accelerator after every coat. . I wait only about 2 - 3 minutes between coats.
I sand lightly after every second coat, just trying to level the larger bumps and ridges. .
The final sanding is done more carefully and completely. . After that the polishing.
I get results that seem to be similar to yours.
That's kind of what I was wondering. I think I just ended up with that many coats trying to get a smoother finish. Don't know why I hasn't tried polishing the CA before. Going to try the thin again too. I kept having trouble but maybe now I'm hetting more comfortable it's time to try it again. Always something to learn.
 
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