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Pepper Grinder finish
Jun 15th, 2017 at 7:55pm
 
I just turned a pepper grinder out of Cherry and used a product called Hut Crystal Coat to put on as a finish. Trying for a high gloss. It has a slight gloss but not what I thought it would give. Has anyone used this and gotten good glossy results? Am I applying it wrong? Instructions say apply a drop and spread evenly with the lathe off and then friction polish it with the lathe running? Its inexpensive compared to others but will it do a good job. Thanks much, Geo.
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Re: Pepper Grinder finish
Reply #1 - Jun 16th, 2017 at 6:20pm
 
Do you know the ingredients of Hut Crystal Coat?
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Reply #2 - Jun 16th, 2017 at 7:20pm
 
If you're looking for a tough durable glossy finish, I've had good luck with this stuff.

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Reply #3 - Jun 16th, 2017 at 9:51pm
 
Hut Crystal Coat is primarily a pen finish.  A drop or two will build up to a good finish on a pen, not so on a pepper mill.  It is a combination of shellac, wax, and some petroleum products to keep it in solution until the heat from friction dries them.  It's a great pen finishing product.

I poly all my pepper mills (outside only).  I usually use 4-5 coats on them until I get the look I want.
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Reply #4 - Jun 17th, 2017 at 2:18pm
 
Thanks on that guys. Steve, do you use the water based too? or the smelly kind.
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Reply #5 - Jun 17th, 2017 at 9:08pm
 
I use the smelly kind most of the time.  I've dabbled with the water based but never used much of it.
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Reply #6 - Jun 22nd, 2017 at 10:26am
 
I have used rattle can lacquer as well as thinned brush on lacquer with pretty good results. One issue I have found with lacquer is that while it is basically a very hard finish it can also be very brittle. I dropped one of my mills one day and though it only fell a few inches onto my work desk, it landed on the bottom edge and chipped the lacquer enough that I had to resand and refinish the bottom half of the mill.

I have also used a number of different friction finishes, walnut oil, CA. but wasn't totally satisfied with the results.

After a lot of trial and error I have settled on Waterlox. If I want a semi gloss finish I use just the Sealer/Finish. For gloss I'll use the High Gloss over the Sealer. As with most any type of oil finish, Waterlox can be a time consuming process. But, in the end I'm extremely pleased with the results despite the high cost for that brand.
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