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Forum topic by Dustin posted 07-12-2016 12:49 PM 216 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dustin

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07-12-2016 12:49 PM

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So, I’ve turned a few pens now and having quite a bit of fun. I’m using the CA BLO method (I know, a lot of people swear by just CA, but this is working well for me and giving nice results), and tried my first few pieces without any sort of wax or polish. They’re holding up fine (one pen has been used heavily daily for a few weeks), but of course they lack that nice luster.

In reading and searching, I’ve only found people using buffing blocks or HUT as a final polish on this type of finish. My question is whether or not anyone has tried using paste wax as a final polish? I couldn’t find anything, but figured “Why not, what’s the worst that could happen?” I let it get nice and hazy, then buffed it off my blanks while on the lathe, applying some pressure and letting it heat up. Made the maple burl I was using nearly sparkle. And after a few days bouncing around inside my wife’s purse, it still looks and feels great.

Anybody else have any luck with this, or is there a reason farther down the road to avoid it that I haven’t discovered yet?

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."


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#1 posted 07-12-2016 12:58 PM

I have been doing the first coat with CA to seal the wood the I smooth it out with steel wool and finally I use a friction polish. sometimes I buff them with a Beal system but not always.

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#2 posted 07-12-2016 07:59 PM

Jose,
Thanks for the response, but do you have any input on using paste wax for this purpose? I’m still experimenting with different finishes, but seem to have found one that works well for me, and am afraid of going down that rabbit hole of “what is the best?”.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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