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#1 posted 08-24-2019 11:56 AM

Few things to keep in mind about CA finish like most film finishes (lacquer, poly, shellac, and varnish) it forms layers of film only faster and easier. Just remember fumes and skin could be a problem for some people that’s why say wear gloves and work in well ventilated area. I have become sensitized to the stuff so don’t use it as a finishing material anymore.

While have used BLO or mineral oil in the past didn’t find it really necessary for me. Used medium CA and applied 3 or 4 coats and called it quits. Like other film finishes too many coat will actually give you a softer finish. I didn’t sand between cost if had a smooth finish on previous costs. Have never used activator but some people believe you have too. Old CA not as good as freshly bought normal shelf life after open not more than a year.

Bottom line keep it simple! Don’t go to international pen association much after they changed the web site but in there finishing thread will find many different techniques for applying CA and many problems folks have with it.

-- Bill

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