Acrylic Pen plus Abrasives Kit Review

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Project by Roger posted 08-03-2012 11:53 PM 1895 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a quickie. A new Acrylic pen I did for a very close friends daughter’s birthday tomorrow. As you can see, it’s pretty darn shinny.. The pic on the lathe was before I used the MicroMesh Padded Abrasive kit. (sorry bout the blurry pic, but, you can see how dull it is even through the fog) It’s a very nice set of padded abrasives ,(you could use them on wood too) that begin with 1500 and go up to 12000 grits. Each pad is 3”x4”. This kit was about 22 bux with a little 2 buc discount with my b-day postcard last month.
I cut 1 1/4” off each pad to use for pens and other small lathe projects.
As you can see from the before, and after pics, the pen turned out like glass. The blanks were sanded with 320 to 400, then with all of the micromesh pads. Wow. I did dip them in a small bowl of water which, well, wet-sanding acrylics, and finished it up with a plastic cote polish. I forgot to mention that when I first posted this.
Thnx for lookin. I appreciate any comments, good, bad or ugly.
Any turners that don’t know about these nifty little abrasives, well, now ya do. :) I think they’re worth the 20 some bux.
And JIM, this would probably work super on Corian. ??? Don’t know fer sure. You probably already know about these.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#1 posted 08-03-2012 11:57 PM

Roger, You are the King…..

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#2 posted 08-04-2012 12:01 AM

Very cool Roger, reminds me of the movie screen background in an Allman Brothers concert.

Keep on turnin’, awesome stuff!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#3 posted 08-04-2012 12:06 AM

Cool—the finished pen.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 08-04-2012 12:09 AM

Looking good Roger – and thanks for suggesting more tools that I now think I MUST have!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 08-04-2012 12:27 AM

Beautiful workmanship…or is it penmanship! LOL

You did a great job on this one.

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#6 posted 08-04-2012 12:28 AM

Very nice pen. Colorful. She will love it. Great job polishing it.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#7 posted 08-04-2012 12:29 AM

cool lookin pen Roger :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 08-04-2012 12:45 AM

That’s a beauty, Roger!
I’ve used these pads on wood and they work there, too. I only wish they lasted a little longer.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 08-04-2012 12:51 AM

Nice! I Didn’t know about them, but have ordered some now. Found it for $12 on Ebay.

-- Roger

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#10 posted 08-04-2012 12:51 AM

Thnx everyone. Well appreciated. Joe: I could jam to some Blue Sky, and some Ramblin Man, and so many others.. Jeff: sorry, I’m tryin ta spend yer money.. hehehe Lew: I think they will last longer when wet-sanding acrylics. Slotman: Wow! sounds like a gr8 deal

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 08-04-2012 01:09 AM

Very intersting. I may have force myself to learn to turn.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 08-04-2012 01:29 AM

Where did you get yours, Roger? Keith has used some for his pens from a place here but they are quite a bit smaller. I like the larger size. It makes it a good deal. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 08-04-2012 02:03 AM

Great look’in pen, Great Job!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 08-04-2012 02:47 AM

Roger or anyone else that does Acrylic pens.

Several years ago just after Patron and Rand helped me with my wood lathe and garage I wanted to make something to help polish Acrylics shine better and not leave scratches.
Well I finally finished up a polish for Acrylics that I gave some samples to others to try and all of them said it was way better then the other plactic polishes out there now.
I would still like to give out some more samples before I try to market the item.

So if anyone up to 6 individuals would like some please PM me with your mailing address to send it to you and give me a honest cretique back on it.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#15 posted 08-04-2012 03:01 AM

I use micro mesh and love them. I only use them on acrylics and CA Finished pens. Than I finish it with a acrylic polishing system and it works great!! Thanks for sharing. Keep Turning my Friend!!

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