water based polyacrylic finish on pens

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Forum topic by Sawdust2012 posted 02-05-2014 12:52 AM 866 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2014 12:52 AM

Can water based polyacrylic be used as a clear finish on pens? I need a clear gloss finish, but CA glue makes breathing a challenge at best for about 3 days.

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 02:13 AM

Try Shellwax Cream maybe at Penn State Industries, very little odor compared to CA and much easier to clean up. With a pen you want a finish that dries quickly but hard. I apply my finish and then carefully push the blanks onto a coat hanger and hang them for at least a day before assembly. Gives the finish a time to truly cure completely and not have fingerprint marks show up later or a duller finish.

Never tried using poly on anything on the lathe and I am not much for water based finishes.

Just my experience, good luck.

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 10:30 AM

Yes, a can of any water base polyurethane, polyacrylic, or lacquer will work. Finishing procedure takes longer but just as glossy and durable as CA finish.

Low odor & rattle can clear finishes faster than oil/waterborne brush/wipe on products need to read can label for warnings & precautions, and mask up unless working outdoors.

-- Bill

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