I make 40 to 50 pens a year and almost as many seam rippers. I use CA glue on most finishes, after applying several thin coats (6 to 10) I sand them with 400 grit mesh and then run through with the wet sanding pads that go from 1200 to 12000 grit and then Meguiar's G12310 PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish for headlights. Then I use a buffing wheel mounted on my lathe and a buffing rouge. I also use EEE-Ultra Shine Paste Wax and Shellawax Cream for a softer sheen. I make most of my pens using deer antler, also do some with acrylic pen blanks. There is a demand now for wood that has just started this year, I use several different wood species The most time consuming part is getting a good smooth finish on the deer antler. I sell my pens through one of the gift shops in town to tourist and they want the deer antler because it is something that is not a typical item where they may be from.
The reason you are getting the dull finish using CA glue, you must let each layer dry fully. If it s not fully dry between coats it will shine up nicely but after the underlying coats dry fully it causes them to become dull. I only do the first couple of coats with CA medium and make sure they are fully dry and then follow up with CA Thin for the remainder coats.
Last edited by CAD-Man; 11-20-2016 at 04:54 PM.