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Forum topic by shopmania posted 12-16-2012 01:54 AM 1052 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2012 01:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe finishing

I have made several dozen pens now, and about 18 wine bottle stoppers. So far, I have used Shellawax only, except 1 purpleheart pen where I tried spray on lacquer. My question is, what other finishes should I be trying? I see ads for HUT wax, and I see a lot about CA finishing, but that seems like a lo more work, is it really better? Just looking for some feedback from some of you more experienced turners out there. Thanks!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 02:09 AM

I only use CA finish on my pens. The CA will outlast any other finish that I’ve seen for something that gets the kind of daily wear and tear a pen gets. It is a lot more work to get it ‘right’, but in the end absolutely worth it.

On my bottle stoppers I use tung oil and paste wax.

-- John

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 03:18 AM

Tim, I’ve tried several other friction waxes , but like the Shellawax the best. I use CA as well, mainly to prevent the finish wearing off.

-- Roger

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 04:54 AM

MickeyD and I use Mylands, Hut Crystal Coat and PSI Lacquer Friction polish for the most part but use a varity of other finishes and waxes when we have the time…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 01:19 PM

Hi tim. Try using EEE polish just before the Shellawax.I find that the combination makes wood look like glass!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 02:55 PM

I stopped using hut wax sticks did not see any improvement to finished pen. CA is a simple and easy finish to apply. Have never had any problems applying a CA finish. Surprised so many folks do have problems with it. Check out “finishing thread,” over at IAP. Not sure CA, is anymore durable than any other finishing material.

I have used friction finishes Crystal Coat, and film building finishes Shellac, Wipe on Poly, and Lacquer. I stopped using CA, as a finish after becoming sensitized to the stuff. Would like to try General Finishes “waterborne Turners finish or other waterborne products.

Selecting a finishes for wood you turn and whether want more natural look and feel, or sheen becomes easy over time.

-- Bill

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