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Gloss look on Pens

I have been turning beens for several weeks now and really enjoy
turning exclusive wood only. Not into the plastic look....

So I really want to give the wood a more gloss look than you get
with CA glues. What do you recommend on finishing pens to get
the effect. Or for that fact any turn piece that you want a high
gloss look?

Here a few pics of pens I have done.
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CA will give you the best gloss hands down. You need to get some MM (micro-mesh) and it will look like glass when its done. You just have to do alot of experimenting to get it where you want it.

How are you sanding it now?

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If you don't like the CA/BLO combination, try the Beall buffing system. Tripoli & White diamond seem to do the trick. Also, don't use the Carnuba Wax they sell, spend the cash and buy Renaissance Wax. It is pricey but well worth the money.

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As mentioned, applying a couple drops of BLO (boiled linseed oil) to a folded paper towel and putting a drop or two of slow-cure CA works great. Rub it back and forth with the lathe running. The BLO cooks the CA right in. Do several coats. I use plastic polish after that and they really pop.
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As mentioned, applying a couple drops of BLO (boiled linseed oil) to a folded paper towel and putting a drop or two of slow-cure CA works great. Rub it back and forth with the lathe running. The BLO cooks the CA right in. Do several coats. I use plastic polish after that and they really pop.

One thing I found out the hard way is if you apply too much BLO, it will cure days later and your gloss finish will disapear. Now, if I use BLO (which I've all but given up on) I only use 3-4 drops for the whole process. However, BLO does allow room for error, IMHO, but pure CA will give the best finish for the gloss look, again, IMHO.

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Nice pens. What kind of wood are these from? Especially the third one and the last one. I hope the ca finish works better for you than it has for me. I have had trouble getting a consistent finish with it. Although I think I may need to take advice given here and lighten up on the amount of blo I use.

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Nice pens. What kind of wood are these from? Especially the third one and the last one. I hope the ca finish works better for you than it has for me. I have had trouble getting a consistent finish with it. Although I think I may need to take advice given here and lighten up on the amount of blo I use.

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Thanks All for the help...

John, #1 is Walnut, #2 Cocobolo, #3 Zebra wood, #4 Brown Mallee, #5 Mango
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Nice pens. What kind of wood are these from? Especially the third one and the last one. I hope the ca finish works better for you than it has for me. I have had trouble getting a consistent finish with it. Although I think I may need to take advice given here and lighten up on the amount of blo I use.

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CA finish has a very steep learning curve. The best thing is to try all different CA thicknesses. Everyone has there own opinion on what is best, I started using thin, and now I use medium all the time.

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The CA/BLO tutorial is posted below. It works and gives a good durable finish on those small items....


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That's it! I couldn't think of Russ' name! Love that method.
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I've been putting a coat of thin CA on my pens then going over it with tripoli compound on a rag to polish it up.
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Careful if you are just using 1 coat of thin... You can probably buff that off real quick... And then you have no protection... Just a grain filler

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