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How Durable is my Ring Finish?

by Dustin
posted 11-08-2018 01:53 PM


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Kelly

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#1 posted 11-15-2018 06:36 PM

You’re going to get a lot of different opinions on this.

Several times, I’ve seen people point out that CA glue is not a durable finish. I submit the truth of that is dependent on how it’s applied and the use of the item to which it is applied.

I am a HUGE fan of anything that will soak in. While a long time, nationally known expert claimed different, I take the position that, if it’s not evaporating and is soaking in, it’s filling wood pores. Consider the more extreme process of stabilizing as an example.

If a finish soaks deep into the wood, then abrasion on the surface only reveals more protected surface. If you get enough in, it should alter the characteristics of the wood.

For the forgoing reason, if you use CA glue, thinner might be better.

There are finishes just for rings and other jewelry:

https://www.google.com/search?q=jewelry+coatings&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1

For me, something like a ring, which does see showers, hand washing, chemical abuse and so on, I suspect there are better finishes than CA. Perhaps the above. That said, nothing prohibits you from applying penetrating finishes, allowing them to dry, then adding something like the ProtectaClear.

Like many wood projects, absent a several mil thick coat of resin, it’s going to need maintenance. Maybe you can incorporate a plan for touch ups into the price of your rings.

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#2 posted 11-15-2018 07:29 PM

clear fingernail polish ??

-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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