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Forum topic by TMCss posted 04-13-2010 01:32 AM 1132 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2010 01:32 AM

I’m new to turning pens and currently I use Shellwax to finish my pens and other small turned projects , but the finish is just quite not perfect. I know that I can get a better finish (shine). What are some good finishes and how can I apply them to get that perfect finish.

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#1 posted 04-13-2010 01:39 AM

I use a CA finish…it makes a really durable, shiny finish.

my process is at

best of luck,


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#2 posted 04-13-2010 01:41 AM

i know you can apply super glue (cyanoacrylate) i just don’t know how i think there was a post about it though do a search here on LJ just put turning finnish and search away. GOOD LUCK!

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 01:45 AM

Yep, coating the pen in CA and polishing like plastic work really well for me. Takes some extra work and special care when assembling your pen. If your parts are just a bit crooked as your press them together you run the risk of “cracking” the CA topcoat that you just put in all the time and effort to polish. This also happens if the inside of your tubes are gunked up from the blank gluing process. That extra layer of gunk between the tube and the pen part will cause the tube to “expand” during assembly.

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 02:24 AM

What are some good brands of CA to use for polishing?

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#5 posted 05-10-2010 02:34 AM

Yeah, I use Hut too. Its a friction polish. I haven’t had it wear down on anything I have applied it to.

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 01:24 AM

Thanks for all the info, I have just about mastered the CA finish. Its simply amazing.

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