108518RE: [penturners] CA glue finish
- Oct 6, 2013
I usually put 5 coats of CA.
There is no need to remove the BLO, it blends right in. You’re not using a lot.
My process is:
Sand thru to 12000 micro mesh
blow off all the dust
take ½ sheet of paper towel and fold in have 2-3 times…end up with a square about 2”. This is big enough to get at least 5 coats of CA.
I buy the BLO at Home Depot. I get the quart can, it has a small plastic opening at the top. I put the folded paper over the top of the hole, turn upside down and give the can a squeeze.
with the lathe spinning at 300 to 400 rpm, I put it under the tube and drizzle some med. CA over the top.
keep the paper towel moving and apply slight pressure.
The CA will dry and it should be a completely smooth finish. Two cautions, the paper towel can get hot from the chemical reaction, and fumes can be generated. When I’m doing many at one time, I will sometimes wear tight fitting leather gloves. Be sure there is nothing hanging lose that can catch in the lathe!
Repeat 4 more times and it’s done.
Look in the FAQ area. There are several processes. Find the one that works best for you.
Give it a try. I’ve made several hundred pens using this finish and it is durable and has a very nice gloss.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Dennis J Perez
Seffner, FL 33584
Well that is a different approach! How many coats do you put on this way? Do you try to remove the oil between coats? Interesting.
Do you use BLO (boiled linseed oil) with the CA?
I put a little on the paper towel. With the lathe at about 3-400 rpm I hold it under the blank and drizzle the medium CA on the top of the blank. I rub the p-towel back and forth underneath until it dries. I've tried w/o the BLO and will sometimes have issues. 99 times out of 100, no sanding is required.
Good luck, Dennis
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No matter what I do I cannot get a smooth finish with CA glue. I have sanded I have tried different applicators but I always end up with some lines around the blank. Sometimes they don’t show much but sometimes they do. I try to sand them out in the final sanding stages but I just cannot seem to get them all out.
The CA finish seems like a good hard finish, it has the ultimate shine but I need to make it smoother.
How do you guys do it?
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