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I was at my local Woodcraft store yesterday and I found myself looking at replacement tubes for pens. I noticed that there where not only brass, but white, silver, and what looked like a black titanium color. I know those are for acrylic pens because the standard brass tube can show through on some acrylic blanks. I was wanting to know when buying acrylic pen blanks, how do I know when it is applicable to buy the colored tubes and for what blank do I need a brass, white, silver or a black titanium tube.
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Hi David.
I paint all tubes for acrylic blanks. The pre colored tubes will save you time also. Painting them white will brighten them & black will darken them. Painting them with a color that is in the blank works well also. I also paint the inside of the blank. Doing this will also hide any glue that might show thru some blanks. Don't forget to scuff the tubes before painting or gluing in the brass tubes. This gives it some bit on the brass.

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I was at my local Woodcraft store yesterday and I found myself looking at replacement tubes for pens. I noticed that there where not only brass, but white, silver, and what looked like a black titanium color. I know those are for acrylic pens because the standard brass tube can show through on some acrylic blanks. I was wanting to know when buying acrylic pen blanks, how do I know when it is applicable to buy the colored tubes and for what blank do I need a brass, white, silver or a black titanium tube.
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I have found over the years that it is a waste of money to use colored tubes on acrylic blanks. The reason is you should reverse paint the blank because if you do not the glue lines and also the scartches from the drill will show through any transparent acrylic blank. I do use the black and the silver tubes when I cast my different metal braidings because the tube may show through the braiding.

I paint the inside of the blank after I drill it I like to take a bit of sandpaper and wrap around a dolwe and sand the inside of the blank to get rid of the sanding marks before I paint them. The color becomes a choice thing but as mentioned the lighter colors will lighten the blank as will the dark ccolors darken it. Here is an example of the same material and one painted white and one painted black.






What I like to do is make up a color stick. What this is is a dowel with various colors painted on it in small sections. After I drill the blank out, I take the color stick and run it through the blank and holding it up to the light I can sort of get an idea of what each color would look like if i were to paint the inside of the blank. Works well.

That is my 2 cents.

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Oh I never thought of painting the inside of the tube. Are you guys using regular spray paint you can get at Walmart or the home depot?
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Oh I never thought of painting the inside of the tube. Are you guys using regular spray paint you can get at Walmart or the home depot?

Some people do. I use Testors acrylic paints.

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Some people do. I use Testors acrylic paints.
Many thanks for the great tips John.
If you hadn't pointed out that both pens
were the same colour blank, I would never
in a month of Sunday's known it.

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