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Forum topic by itsme_timd posted 08-02-2008 08:54 PM 3391 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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itsme_timd

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08-02-2008 08:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing pen turning polyurethane

Hi there fellow Jocks,

Has anyone used wipe-on as a finish for turned pens? I’m familiar with the idiosyncrasies of finishes and such but thought it might produce a more durable finish with a nice high-gloss shine as opposed to my CA-BLO or Shellawax finishes.

Thoughts?

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA


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#1 posted 08-02-2008 09:16 PM

i wouldn’t because of the slow dry time but you could. i would recommend a shellac. thats what i’ve used and it works great. and dries fast too. also a very durable finish.

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#2 posted 08-02-2008 11:51 PM

That’s a good point.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#3 posted 08-03-2008 03:29 PM

Tim, one technique that I have used on high end pens is to take the finished turned blanks and let them sit in a pie tin of wipe on poly for a couple of minutes. I use a swab (much like a swab used to clean out a gun) to get all the poly out of the tube and then wipe the excess poly off the blanks. The blanks are then set aside to completely dry before assembly. I have used both gloss and satin minwax with good results.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#4 posted 08-05-2008 05:05 PM

Thanks Jeff, I’ll have to try that.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#5 posted 10-14-2016 09:11 PM

Hi Tim! I’m a fellow woodworker over here in Alpharetta. How were the results of letting them sit in a tin with the wipe on poly? I’ve been trying a few thing but have not been satisfied with a glossy finish on a wood pen.

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#6 posted 10-16-2016 01:38 PM



Hi Tim! I m a fellow woodworker over here in Alpharetta. How were the results of letting them sit in a tin with the wipe on poly? I ve been trying a few thing but have not been satisfied with a glossy finish on a wood pen.

- GAwoodworker

Hello! I ended up not trying this method and just continued with wipe on finishes on the lathe. Haven’t made any pens in a long time though, mostly got out of woodworking and got rid of all my equipment to make room for homebrewing gear.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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