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1955 days ago

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Does anyone know any good pen finishes? just a place to share some ideas…..

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#1 posted 1955 days ago

On wood pens I have used wipe on poly, quick dring shellacs made for lathe finishing such as those made by HUT or Mylands Friction Polish, and super glue (Cyanoacrylate) in the thick formula. For synthetic materials I just sand to 600 or 1200 and burnish; sometimes with a wax.
The poly and super glue seem to be more durable than the shellacs or wax finishes.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 1955 days ago

On wood pens I have had good luck after sanding with sanding sealer and friction polish. I have done a few pens with a CA finish. On the acrylics after I micromesh I use automotive white polishing compound and then finish with some automotive car wax. I figure if it is hard enough to hold up to bugs at 50 mph then it should hold up to regular use.

-- David, Florida

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#3 posted 1955 days ago

Check out the library at they have a couple of videos that are well worth watching on finishing. There are two where they do a CA/BLO boiled linseed oil) finish.


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#4 posted 1954 days ago THis is the process that i’m thinking i’ll use all the time. iT seems to give a good high gloss finish… Has anyone tried this and seen how well it works?

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#5 posted 1953 days ago

it seems good enough

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#6 posted 1952 days ago

mylands high build friction.. as the name suggest, you can add as many coats as you want.. it dries as you spin and buff.. or eee cut and polish

for very hard wood.. i finish it to 2000 grit or so and use carnuba wax.. just hold the block against the pen..

you can go from 300 to 600 to 12 to 2000 is about 2 minutes.. and yes once you finish one above 1000 grit, you will see why i take the extra step..

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#7 posted 1932 days ago

I sand all the way up to 2000, apply a coat of medium CA, sand again (lightly) from about 600 through 2000 and then do 2 or 3 coats of a good friction polish like Mylands. Makes a great high-gloss, durable finish and doesn’t take long at all. Just don’t get your nose involved with the CA. It hasn’t killed me yet or made me any stupider than I already was, but it will definitely clean out you sinuses!

-- 73, Bob

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#8 posted 1932 days ago

The finer you sand it the smaller amount of finish penitrates,so I would say it depends on the wood . But lots of guys like the wipe on poly.

-- Custom furniture

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