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108518RE: [penturners] CA glue finish

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  • D Perez
    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


      From: penturners@yahoogroups.com [mailto:penturners@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Stan
      Sent: Sunday, October 06, 2013 18:22
      To: penturners@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [penturners] CA glue finish



      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.






      From: dennisp42

      Sent: Sunday, October 06, 2013 5:06 PM

      Subject: RE: [penturners] CA glue finish



      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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      -------- Original message --------
      From: Stan <wa2uet@...>
      Date: 10/06/2013 16:42 (GMT-05:00)
      To: penturners@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [penturners] CA glue finish


      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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