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#1 posted 01-07-2010 05:54 AM

You have a couple issues going on. First off you are using exotic woods and they have a tendency to be oily woods so this can have a negative effect on your finish. Taking the initial sanding to get the pen ready for finish and using 600 grit is OK and will get you there. But here is where you need to step up the finish techniques. You need to wipe the blank down with acetone before applying any finish to get rid of the oils. Make sure this has evaoprated well before moving on. Next you need to seal the pen and to do that I like to use thin CA glue. I put the first coat on and then let dry and now this has soaked in.Take a look and seee if it feels smooth. If so hit again with the thin layer. Now it should be ready for your top coats. For this I like to use med CA and do at least 3 to 4 layers. If you choose to stay with the thin you will have to do 6 to 8 coats. This is what gives the blank the depth. If all coats go on smooth then no need for sanding between any coats but if there is a scre up you need to sand smooth and make sure you wipe the blank of all its dust before more coats are added. DO NOT use acetone because it will melt the CA. After all coats are on and you are happy then you need to apply an acrylic wax or auto wax but I do not like to do this until the next day. You want the CA to cure just like any other finish. You could also use a plastic polish of some sort. That will give you the deep shine you are after if all steps are followed. Remeber no ruch in putting a finish on if you want it to look like a pro.

-- John T.

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