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When you sand, sand from the center out towards the bushings and this will help keep them clean plus there are many other ways you can find at this site. www.penturners.org lots of info and good people and a library that is great.
 

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I have the same issues. I do not mean to be mean but don't sand the bushing and like Seer said sand from the middle out. Had great luck when I slow down and pay attention.
 

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"Slime line"?

Is that anything like slim line? (grin)

As for the gray from sanding, as Seer said, sanding from the center to the ends will help, but turn your paper to a clean spot before starting a new pass or you will contaminate the work with the material in the grit.

You could try taping off the bushings before sanding too.
 

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i change to plastic bushings when i sand and finsh
 

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Plastic bushings? where do you get plastic ones?
 

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I ran into this early on as well and quickly learned to not sand from the bushings toward the wood, but always from the wood outward. I never thought about trying plastic bushings as merle mentioned, but then, my problem went away after I changed my direction, so problem was solved.

ideally, you don't want to sand the bushings any more than you absolutely have to anyway, as it will cause them to change size over time and then your body parts won't match up with the metal parts correctly.

Good luck! The pen looks pretty nice!
 
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