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CA finish help please
Nov 7th, 2007 at 9:01pm
 
I want to try out the CA finish on this years Christmas pens... could someone post the process so i can make a shopping list and get crackin!!! thanks folks!!
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Re: CA finish help please
Reply #1 - Nov 7th, 2007 at 9:46pm
 
dont know it I did this right junior there is a viedo sample from Russ Fairfield  that he is selling that shows a verison of CA finish          Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register  and penturners.org  hope this  helps
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Reply #2 - Nov 28th, 2007 at 12:50pm
 
Here is how I do it. Use a paper towel and fold it repeatedly until you have a strip about 1" wide with AT LEAST 8 thicknesses. Turn your lathe on at the slowest speed you can. Put 2-3 drops of thin CA on the end of the paper towel and quickly apply it to the pen blank rubbing the length. Let it dry for a minute then smooth it with 0000 steel wool. Apply a second coat. Shine it up with friction polish and you're done. The whole process takes about 2 minutes. The friction polish will wear off with use but as it does the user is polishing the CA with his fingers. I've been using this method for several years with no complaints.
   BTW you may want to wear latex gloves while appling the CA. I don't bother but I did when I first started doing this and was glad I had a couple of times.


                                                   
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Reply #3 - Nov 28th, 2007 at 1:41pm
 
Uhhh, gloves and lathes don't mix too well.  A glue will come of with a little debonder or naturally after 2 days.
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Reply #4 - Nov 28th, 2007 at 1:44pm
 
Lightweight latex gloves are safe with a lathe.  They will shred easily if caught. 

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Reply #5 - Nov 28th, 2007 at 5:54pm
 
I use that foam packing material instead of paper towels  no the hard white kind the more flexie kinda clear type since I had paper towel stick to a pen
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Reply #6 - Nov 28th, 2007 at 9:21pm
 
I NEVER use CA for finishing. The fumes are not good for one's eyes & lungs. Those fumes are as sticky as the glue & they will stick to the inside of your nose & mouth + your lungs. not Cool

I use a mixture of 1/3 denatured alcohol, 1/3 boiled linseed oil, and 1/3 Bulls Eye shellac. It drys almost intstantly. I use up to 5 coats-0000 between coats-and buff w/a paper towel.

The mixture is very flamable so don't play w/matches when you're using it or POOF, no more face.  Cry
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Reply #7 - Dec 18th, 2007 at 11:25pm
 
I use this it work great!!!  Here is the link and the steps (in case the link goes away)
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1)  turn pen blanks to final size/design
2)  sand blanks 220, 320
3)  wipe on Mylands Cellulose Sanding Sealer, let dry
4)  sand blanks using sandpaper 220, 320, 400, then with MM1500, MM1800, MM2400, MM3200, MM3600
           (note: for oily woods wipe the blanks with DNA prior to starting the finish process)
5)  slow lathe speed down, using a small piece of  paper towel put on light coat of BLO -or- Watco - Dark Walnut on one of the blanks, then wipe off excess
     a) use BLO if dark wood
     b) use Watco - Dark Walnut if light wood, it will enhance the look
            (note: if you use too much oil the CA will gunk up and not be nice and smooth or the finish will appear to have some ghosting spots, like maybe the CA is not stuck to the wood)

6)  holding paper towel with BLO or Watco on it on bottom side of blank, add thin layer of CA-medium on top of blank as its spinning - in a side-to-side motion - one pass only...then add light pressure with the paper towel on the blank, constantly moving side-to-side till CA is cured (appx 10sec)...CA will heat up some...repeat process for second blank
           (the heat is from the CA curing, not the friction applied by the paper towel applicator)
7)  increase lathe speed back to fast setting, lightly sand blanks with MM1500, 1 pass only
8)  slow lathe speed down, using a new small piece of  paper towel put on light coat of BLO on one of the blanks, then wipe off excess
9)  holding paper towel with BLO on it on bottom side of blank, add thin layer of CA on top of blank as its spinning - in a side-to-side motion - one pass only...then add light pressure with the paper towel on the blank, constantly moving side-to-side till CA is cured (appx 10sec)...CA will heat up some...repeat process for second blank
10)  increase lathe speed back to fast setting, lightly sand blanks with MM1500, 1 pass only
11)  slow lathe speed down, using a new small piece of  paper towel put on light coat of BLO on one of the blanks, then wipe off excess
12)  holding paper towel with BLO on it on bottom side of blank, add thin layer of CA on top of blank as its spinning - in a side-to-side motion - one pass only...then add light pressure with the paper towel on the blank, constantly moving side-to-side till CA is cured (appx 10sec)...CA will heat up some...repeat process for second blank
13)  increase lathe speed back to fast setting, lightly sand blanks with MM1800, MM2400, MM3200, MM3600, MM4000, 1 pass only of each
14)  while lathe is on, put light coat of Tripoli (brown stick) -or- EEE-Ultra Shine on blank, then using a new small piece of  paper towel put pressure on blank moving side-to-side till hot...repeat process for second blank
15)  after blanks cool down, while lathe is on, put light coat of White Diamond on blank, then using a new small piece of  paper towel put pressure on blank moving side-to-side till hot...repeat process for second blank
16)  after blanks cool down and lathe is off, put small amount (1/4" diameter size) of Hut Ultra Gloss Plastic Polish on a new small piece of  paper towel, wipe evenly on one blank, turn on lathe, move to clean area of  paper towel, then put pressure on blank moving side-to-side till hot...repeat this process for second blank
(some use McGuires auto polishing compound or swirl remover instead of Hut Ultra Gloss Plastic Polish)
-this step is optional-

17)  after blanks cool down, while lathe is off, put light coat of Renaissance Wax -or- TSW on a new small piece of  paper towel, wipe evenly on one blank, wait 45 seconds, turn on lathe, move to clean area of  paper towel, then put pressure on blank moving side-to-side till hot...repeat this process for second blank
           (these are not finishes, just a protectant from finger prints and smudges)
18)  let blanks cool, remove blanks from mandrel, using pen mill (squaring tool), very lightly clean off each end of blanks...sometimes a light buildup of CA and/or finishes will occur and it should be removed prior to pen assembly 
sanding note:  an option in sanding is to stop the lathe after each grit and sand length wise, even with MM. why?: to remove the circular sanding marks. then wipe the blank with a rag and DNA to remove sanding dust and grit from the previous grade of sandpaper. this will insure the next sanding paper is not picking up grit from the previous paper left on the pen blank.
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legend:

BLO - boiled linseed oil
CA - cyanoacrylate glue
DNA - denatured alcohol
MM - micromesh
TSW - trade secret for wood
paper towel - Bounty (regular)


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