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Reply #15 - Jan 12th, 2008 at 12:52pm
 
Spot on to what Leo said and I would recommend using a white soft paper towel kind of like the ones called rag in a box so that they will rip a lot easier than a rag. I get mine from Costco or HD
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Reply #16 - Jan 12th, 2008 at 9:50pm
 
Leo and bubba  - Thanks for the additional input.  After a slow start and a couple issues (Seems if tool rest to high a spindle Gouge can do weird things  Embarrassed)  I got some turned in addition to the two I trashed.  The FP tried to stick a couple of times and pulled the Paper towel from my fingers.  I just put a little more on and cranked up the speed to heat it up and it seemed to do ok.  These are fun to turn now that I have it fugured out, being that you can make them almost any shape you want.

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Re: What is the recommended Finish for Bottle Stop
Reply #17 - Jan 12th, 2008 at 10:17pm
 
Ah, the old snatch and grab move.  I used to hate it when that happened.  See why I said, don't wrap it around your fingers!  I use a 100% cotton cloth to apply it.  Thumb and index finger grip only.
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Re: What is the recommended Finish for Bottle Stop
Reply #18 - Jan 12th, 2008 at 11:43pm
 
I use squares of cotton that are about 6-9" and throw them away regularly.  For applying the FP I use cotton knit (looks like T-shirt material).  For polishing wax, I use cotton flannel.  Even part Poylester material can melt to the finish if it gets too hot. DAMHIKT!  Embarrassed

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Re: What is the recommended Finish for Bottle Stop
Reply #19 - Jan 13th, 2008 at 12:50am
 
Jim, we're on the same page with applying FP.  I've used 50/50 cotton/polyester and had the same results.
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Reply #20 - Jan 13th, 2008 at 5:11am
 
The only type I used is the t-shirt material that Woodcraft sells in a 5lb bag Where did you get the cotton-flannel?

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Reply #21 - Jan 13th, 2008 at 9:49am
 
Chuck Beland wrote on Jan 13th, 2008 at 5:11am:
The only type I used is the t-shirt material that Woodcraft sells in a 5lb bag Where did you get the cotton-flannel?

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You get cotton flannel at a fabric store or out of your closet
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Reply #22 - Jan 13th, 2008 at 1:54pm
 
Is Mylands the FP of choice or  are there others that work just as good?  Also, I read somewhere that applying Renassiance Wax over the FP enhances the finish as well?  Any Comments?
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Re: What is the recommended Finish for Bottle Stop
Reply #23 - Jan 13th, 2008 at 7:13pm
 
It's my choice, simply because I liked it so much I didn't bother about trying others.  Renaissance Wax topcoat adds more protection.  It's makes it acid resistant.
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Re: What is the recommended Finish for Bottle Stop
Reply #24 - Jan 13th, 2008 at 7:46pm
 
I just went to the fabric store and bought a yard each of light colored cotton flannel and cotton knit.  Then I got out the scissors.

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Reply #25 - Jan 16th, 2008 at 11:49am
 
felt works nice also
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Reply #26 - Feb 20th, 2008 at 4:07pm
 
Leo Frilot wrote on Jan 11th, 2008 at 9:06pm:
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If you hadn't used FP before there's a few things you need to know about it.  I prefer to sand to 220 or 320 depending on the wood.  Finish your sanding with the grain of the wood, blow the dust off, and apply a thin coat while the lathe is stopped.  Start the lathe and apply another thin coat while it is spinning and then jack up the speed to get some friction going to bring out the shine.  Very important that you don't wrap the applicator around your fingers, because if you leave it in one spot too long it can grab onto the finish.  I don't think I have to describe what could happen.  FP falls out of suspension quite easily and you have to shake the container often to get everything blended.


Just curious - why do you only sand to 320?
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Re: What is the recommended Finish for Bottle Stop
Reply #27 - Feb 20th, 2008 at 4:50pm
 
I find that friction polish needs a little something to ensure a good application/adhesion.  This Mylands stuff is called hi-build which simply means you can apply multiple coats.  I typically like to finish a pen where you can still feel the wood but have the protection of the elements of the friction polish.  Yes, the gloss tends to wear off, but you have the protection of the carnuba and beeswax to protect for years.  Honestly, I normally stop sanding at 220.
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Reply #28 - Feb 25th, 2008 at 8:27pm
 
I may experiment with that.  I like friction polish finishes when they are new.  As they age it is hit and miss.  Some woods seem to do better in the long run than others. The first pen I did about 3 years ago is in my checkbook.  It has held up very well.  I suspect there is no finish left on it at all, but it is nice and smooth with a natural shine.  I did another pen a few weeks ago that I have had on my desk at work that feels great but looks dull.  I am tempted to take it apart and refinish it.  Both pens are very dark, dense grain woods.  I don't remember what the older one is exactly (maybe a dark cocobolo rosewood?), but the new one is an Asian rosewood.
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Re: What is the recommended Finish for Bottle Stop
Reply #29 - Mar 20th, 2008 at 9:17pm
 
On bottle stoppers note- does anyone  know where a deal  is on the chrome bottle stopper
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