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Forum topic by interpim posted 10-24-2009 05:54 PM 2168 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2009 05:54 PM

I have been doing a ton of turning lately, and I have heard a lot about using CA glue as a durable finish for pens etc. I have attempted this several times, and I have a 100% failure rate LOL.

Does anyone have the technique down that would like to share the wisdom?

How do I apply it? do I put it on an applicator or squirt it directly on the turning.
What speed do I run the lathe at? What is the time tested applicator? what type of CA should I use.

I have tried a few methods that were vaguely described and I usually end up with a mess of glue to clean off my hands, and a turning that has streaks of CA around it with chunks of paper towel stuck to it. Please help me out because I am looking for a more durable finish than the HUT Crystal Coat I have been using.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 10-24-2009 05:59 PM

I tried that CA finish a couple times and went back to my Crystal coat. LOL

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#2 posted 10-24-2009 06:25 PM

Check this LJ blog out, it might help.

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#3 posted 10-24-2009 07:36 PM


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#4 posted 10-25-2009 07:56 PM

Well… I bought some BLO today, and tried a mixture of a few methods that I have seen, and I am happy to say the finish turned out phenomenal.

I turned my lathe on at around 2000 RPM, put about 3 drops of BLO onto a shop towel, rubbed it back and forth about 5 times or so.

Then I put a small puddle, maybe 5 drops of CA glue, and spread that on the pen blank moving fastly back and forth for about 20-25 seconds. After this point I repeat with the exception of putting the BLO and CA on the cloth together before applying to the blank.

Each time I moved across the blank I waited until the blank dulled then came back to a good shine before removing the applicator.

4 coats later, I have a hard shiny shell on my pen blank that will hopefully last a great deal longer than the shellawax or Hut Crystal Coat I have been using.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 10-26-2009 06:00 AM

Try this video.
This video and lots of practice taught me how to finish my pens. Don’t give up. I about pulled all my hair out before finding it.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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