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#1 posted 01-07-2010 03:49 AM

I’ll run a pen/pencil up to 12000 grit. You also might try some friction polish like shellawax or Mylands …the combination of shellac and wax brings on a really high gloss…and you can apply it in as many layers as you want…I use the CA first for durability…then go over it with friction polish – If you plan on turning alot of pens you will find that you might want to buy good shellac and polish in bulk. I mix my own polish now using shellac and renissance polish or some other fine waxes (you can see the many types of shellac at – You can also friction on some wipe on high gloss poly for a really high gloss…there are many ways to get a good layer….If I get a pen looking too dull – Ill put some polish on it and buff it up on my bealle system or put a buff wheel on my proxxon rotary tool….(this is when you have assembled…of course you can dissasemble and put back on the mandrel) I find that a rotary can get good gloss in all the nooks this way. The best way to find what works for you is to experiment….I have even tried some tints, dyes and other finish products to pop the grains out…

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