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Bill7255

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#1 posted 05-12-2016 12:32 PM

I sand

I do the same as Notw. I only use thin and usually 10-12 coats. You need the micro mesh. I would use a good grade CA such as Zap or BSI. there are other brands also that a are good and can be ordered from Amazon. PSI has their own label and not sure how good it is.

- Bill7255

I have two sets of micro mesh and used them on the wood pens, but then I saw where it was for the resin pens so I got some of those sandpaper strips in rolls and have been using them to 800. Do you mean to sand the wood or the CA with the micro mesh?

- Sharryn

I sand the wood to 400 regular sand paper and clean with denatured alcohol. You could use micro mesh to sand the wood. I then remove the pen blanks so I can put paste wax on the bushings to help keep the CA from sticking to them. If I have old bushings I use them. I then put back on the lathe and start applying the CA using the blue shop paper towels. CA doesn’t stick to the blue ones as well. I cut them up into small strips. With the lathe at the lowest speed put a drop of thin CA on the pen/towel. I do use rubber gloves. I like to let air dry each coat 10-12, but after the final coat is dry I spray a little accelerator just to be sure. Then I sand the CA with the micro-mesh 1500 thru 12000. Then use Renaissance wax. This is the technique I use, others may do something different.

The micro mesh will last for years. I clean with my shop vac and have even washed them in the washing machine.
Edit: this is the micro mesh I use.
http://www.amazon.com/SANDING-SHEETS-INTRODUCTORY-Peachtree-Woodworking/dp/B000H6HIK2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1463056520&sr=8-3&keywords=micro+mesh+polishing+kit
I have not used the pad type.

-- Bill R


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