Could someone please advise me of the best finish for natural look and durability for a stabilized burl pen blank, I have seen buffing and wax, would this be enough to make the pens appearance remain nice for years to come? or does it need ca glue for the durability, any help will be appreciated.
on burl wood - which is typically unstable - I apply 3 coats of CA glue (after filling any voids or cracks with a quick drying epoxy) - (letting it dry completely between coats) and then burn on several coats of mylands or shellawax friction polish. This has made a very glossy and durable finish for me that seems to last quite well on pens.
I apply a coat or two of Rennaisance Wax to pens made with stabilized blanks. On occasion if there is a void I'll fill it with CA glue before I sand it. I use micromesh sanding pads and sand up to 12,000 grit. That's all I do. I think the hardner in the stabilzed blank is stronger and more durable than CA glue or any other finish. RennaisanceWax is a great finish because it doesn't show fingerprints.
Thank you gentlemen for all the advice, I think I'm going to try the rennaisance wax since it is a stabilized blank. (and thats what I have on hand), Just wanting to make a nice pen for my mom's 60th birthday. Thanks for your help.
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