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Forum topic by pwalter posted 11-10-2012 12:34 AM 1622 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2012 12:34 AM

I was wondering how you all went about getting an extremely high gloss on your pens? I have made a bunch of pens, and a lot have turned out really nice. I have been applying CA glue and using micromesh to polish to 12000 grit. But I see a lot of pens that seem to have a little more gloss. What’s the secret?

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#1 posted 11-10-2012 12:47 AM

Micro mesh and/or buffing with the right compounds iand progressively finer abrasives n the right order as well as an obsessively clean work environment and meticulous application of abrasives removing scratches n both directions before moving to the next layer. Many finishers use a 10x loop to inspect each application of abrasives for errant scratches before moving to the next finer abrasive.

It really is just attention to detail.

Admittedly, I’m not the best finisher, but i have seen what it takes.

Polishing to a super glossy finish is just the removal of scratches.

-- - Terry

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#2 posted 11-10-2012 02:34 AM

If I can’t feel the wood, then I have gone too far with finishing the pen I am making. I go no finer than 12,000 grit (micro mesh) followed by EEE Dura Shine and leave it at that. What’s the use of making a wooden pen if you can’t feel or touch the glory of the wood?

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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