In the spirit of experimentation, I finished several wood and mixed material pens with 4 to 6 coats of thin CA (stickfast). So far, all finished beautifully started at 1000 grit sanding to 2000, then buffing. Any other thin only folks out there?
I agree that thin (5 cps) only will finish a pen well. Though I have made a few pens lately with medium I really like 40-50 cps pen finish viscosity after four coats of thin without accelerator until the last coat. Eight - twelve coats of pen finish CA with very light accelerator after each coat just works flawlessly for me. NEVER any white spots and very rarely do I sand through this yet achieve great gloss.In the spirit of experimentation, I finished several wood and mixed material pens with 4 to 6 coats of thin CA (stickfast). So far, all finished beautifully started at 1000 grit sanding to 2000, then buffing. Any other thin only folks out there?
Oh boy you opened a can or worms. Ask 100 pen turners their method of doing a CA finish and you get 150 answers. There are articles in the library here that explain what a few members do. Remember the CA used is important as well as the viscosity, (thin and med) the time allowed to dry and cure, the use of accelerator and having it compatible to the CA being used ( many dispute the spray VS the aerosol), the towels or materials to apply, the amount of coats needed, then there is the sanding and polishing aspect. All I can say there is a ton of videos and which one is best is impossible to say. We all have our favorites but that is because they match the method we developed. You are going to read many ways to do a CA finish in the coming threads and much may have no meaning because you need to see it done first hand. This is where scanning the internet and looking at I believe Exotic Blanks site here has videos. I am sure there are videos in the library here as well. Look around and good luck.Wanting to start trying CA for my pens but unsure of the best technique to apply the CA. Anyone care to share their technique or refer me to a best practice video? Have been using lots of sanding then friction polish to date with decent results. Those open grain woods still show open grain under differing light reflection which makes them look less desirable. Thanks for any suggestions.