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Forum topic by becikeja posted 11-16-2017 12:23 PM 311 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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becikeja

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11-16-2017 12:23 PM

I need to turn and finish 30 Christmas ornaments over the weekend. These will be simple balls with an epoxy insert. I do very little turning, so this will be an adventure. Did a test run this past weekend and the design came out pretty good. Mahogany (because I have a piece 12/4 on hand) sanded to 400 grit.
Looking for a fast finish that will give a shine with one coat.
I am considering Mylands High Friction Polish, and Shellawax, but know very little about either. Asking for your thoughts on each, and any proposal for an alternative is welcome.

Thanks,

-- Don't outsmart your common sense


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tomsteve

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#1 posted 11-16-2017 04:26 PM

fast shiney finish= lacquer.
personally i use BLO on ornaments, but its not fast.

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Notw

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#2 posted 11-16-2017 04:29 PM

In my experience lacquer takes more than one coat to get a shiny fininsh, but you can recoat in 30 minutes

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#3 posted 11-16-2017 08:01 PM

Shine juice? Equal parts of dewaxed shellac (2# cut), denatured alcohol, and boiled linseed oil. Might take a couple of coats, but goes on and recoats very quickly, from what I’ve read (haven’t tried it myself yet).

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#4 posted 11-17-2017 05:58 PM

I use CA glue for a glossy finish on small dia stuff like ornaments

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#5 posted 11-18-2017 01:33 AM

I like using a friction finish. I use Hut Crystal Coat. It’s fast and easy.

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#6 posted 11-18-2017 05:18 AM

I’ve had good results using either the Hut friction finish or a CA finish. The Hut finish is quicker and easier because it require fewer coats and fewer steps but is not quite as shiney as the CA can be. A spray lacquer will give you a nice shiney finish but it takes time to dry between coats whereas both the CA & Friction finish are done when you take them off the lathe.

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