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Color and Finish

Discussion in 'Sanding & Finishing - Woodturning' started by Graybeard, Aug 16, 2017.

  1. Graybeard

    Graybeard Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    We're doing a demo at a local school fair and I plan on making tops. Hopefully I get a bunch made ahead of time to give out because I'm slow and proud of it. I've used colored sharpies and spray poly or lacquer as a finish. Sound good or does someone have something they've gone to that's better?
     
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    duncsuss Trying to turn a little better each day Full Member

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    I've always used Sharpies -- though I seen some folks use the Tombow "color brush pens". I've never put a finish over them.
     
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    DKMD Sawbones Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator Full Member

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    Sharpies work great as long as you lower the speed when coloring with them... I've ruined a bunch of them by being too lazy to reduce the speed.

    I'm with Duncan on the finish... naked tops.
     
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    Tony Hardwood Enthusiast Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    Naked tops are always my recommendation. Tony
     
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    Graybeard Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Well it's over and my legs still ache. Not used to standing at a lathe for hours on end. I used Sharpies and found the darker colors smeared and were harder to apply. I let the kids use them so that may have been part of the problem. I too ruined some until I realized there was a speed control knob. I keep looking at you the belts and didn't want to mess with changing them. When I got home my wife asked how it went. I said there were lots of little kids smiling and playing with tops. Just Great.
     
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