Lately I have been turning wood pens, sanding with 220 grit paper and doing a CA slurry at that point. then sanding on to 600 then buffing it as well. no actual CA finish just a wood fill. still holding my breath as to how the shine will hold up over time. A quick check the other day left me with a mixed feeling about it but the light also was not that good.
Are you saying your concern is getting your lathe wet? ... And hence causing the iron ways to rust? I put a large bath towel on the lathe, to soak up any water during wet-sanding. But the MicroMesh pads are just slightly wet, and certainly not dripping wet, so the slight amount of water thrown off during sanding causes minimal dampness on the towel.not a big wet sander...seems like you put your major tool in danger..