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#1 posted 1633 days ago

Hi Eric, I shy away from CA. I don’t like the finish; my take is that it is too shiny and “plastic” looking (it is basically an acrylic, after all). It is also very unfriendly stuff to handle. CA is very durable, though, and I do use it for stone inlay work and crack-filling in pens. On my pens, I sand to 2000 grit, then I use two drenching coats of high cellulose shellac (0000 steel wool in between), followed up with friction-applied Renaissance Wax, and then Beal system’s three steps. The final finish is Beal’s buffed-on 100% Carnauba wax. I have found it gives the pen a super-smooth glossy finish that is very luxurious to handle and plenty durable. My customers love it, and the pens I use myself every day are holding up well.
John
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