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Acrylics turn nicely with a sharp chisel. As can be seen, this was my first mini lathe.
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Very nice. I turned an insert tool from a scrap of some kind of plastic I found at the recycle center, maybe HDPE. CA or epoxy doesn't stick to it/ Just wipe with acetone.
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Harry, great description and Pictures speak a thousand times.

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The acrylic looks good but I did not see in the pictures a step to polish. Did you just sand the acrylic or polish them. I have wanted to try acrylic but did not want to buy the buffing wheels that I have seen some people do.
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Guy, when I make acrylic pens I sand starting 600 grit and go to up to 12000. Next I do a thing my son told me about I use Meguiar's G12310 PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish. It is a polish used on car headlights. I run the lathe at a medium speed and apply the polish and buff it out. Then as a final step I use a set of buffing pads hooked to my lathe. I also use the same steps when I have used Cyano Acrylate Glue as one of the finishes on wood pens. The buffing pads are not necessary, it's just something I like to do, it will also take care of any really tiny scratches that the polish missed.

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The acrylic looks good but I did not see in the pictures a step to polish. Did you just sand the acrylic or polish them. I have wanted to try acrylic but did not want to buy the buffing wheels that I have seen some people do.
Guy, I use several grades of paper from 600 and finish with 1200 soaked in BRASSO metal polish turning the lathe by hand and rubbing along the length of the blanks, finally using the rear of the paper with the Brasso. A final buffing with a soft cloth with the lathe running and it takes little longer than it's taken me to type this post.
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The acrylic looks good but I did not see in the pictures a step to polish. Did you just sand the acrylic or polish them. I have wanted to try acrylic but did not want to buy the buffing wheels that I have seen some people do.
Guy, I use several grades of paper from 400 and finish with 1200 soaked in BRASSO metal polish turning the lathe by hand and rubbing along the length of the blanks, finally using the rear of the paper with the Brasso. A final buffing with a soft cloth with the lathe running and it takes little longer than it's taken me to type this post.
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I have wanted to turn some acrylic pens but thought you had to buff them. There are several buffing wheels you can put on the lathe but I already have plenty of wet/dry high grit sand paper and will try some acrylic. Thanks for the advise.
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I am embarrassed to report , that after many years, Maree has misplaced the one you made for her.

She was delighted with it,,,,,

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These are the only pens ready at the moment James ask Maree to choose one or pick an Acrylic blank and whether a slimline or with a little shape and I'll make one in a few days. Confirm that you are still at 86.
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