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    Achieving success with melamine as a finish

    I've been asked countless times to explain my method for using melamine, and in the light of another discussion in the last day or two, I've finally made time to write it down.

    It's a very quick process to apply the stuff, but as I discovered, to explain it in writing is anything but quick, and as a result the tutorial stretches to more than would be appropriate to post here in a thread. Therefore I've created a pdf file which you are welcome to download. To my shame, I still haven't learned how to add files to the Tutorials section - I'll have to ask Jim for some guidance in that department - so in the meantime, the file is attached to the back end of my own website.

    The link is Acheiving success with melamine as a finish which will simply open a pdf document on your screen.

    I'm more than happy to enter into discussion about it and to answer questions, but it is not intended to spark another debate as to the suitability of melamine versus other finishes. It is merely a “how to” in the event that you decide to try it. Discussions on the why’s and wherefores of various pen finishes are plentiful elsewhere on the forum, so if you wish to enter that debate, please find an appropriate thread and do so there rather than here.

    I hope it's of use to some people.

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    This is a most welcome tutorial Phil, thanks for sharing. I changed over to melamine finishes on my wood pens towards the end of last year and although reasonably happy with the results I feel there is still room for improvement so I will spend a good bit of time going through it, comparing it with my method and considering a tweak or two.

    Hopefully we will see some better results in the "Show off your finished pens thread - wooden pens"

     
     
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    Only just getting to grips with melamine Phil and now you come with Malamine its that seductive text on your phone
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    Thanks for that Phil, It's kind of you to take the time and trouble. I will read, then try Myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treeesa View Post
    Only just getting to grips with melamine Phil and now you come with Malamine its that seductive text on your phone
    Damn. damn, damn! Thank goodness for the admin edit button eh?
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    Thanks Phil
    Gonna give that a go... cheers
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    Cheers Phil a great tutorial. Just checked what I have in the cupboard and I have some Chestnut Water Based Melomine Acrylic laquer is this the stuff I need

     
     
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    Thanks for that Phil, pretty much what I did today but didn't have any sanding sealer. I've glued up some spalted apple which is very porous so I'll have a stab at that in the next couple of days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic Perrin View Post
    Cheers Phil a great tutorial. Just checked what I have in the cupboard and I have some Chestnut Water Based Melomine Acrylic laquer is this the stuff I need
    The acrylic stuff, as you've already mentioned, is water based, I may be wrong but I'm pretty certain you have to use an acrylic sanding sealer too. I'm not sure that it's compatible with the cellulose stuff. The problem with water based finishes and sealers is that they raise the grain. Their main purpose is for use over the top of anything spirit based, such as line drawn picture, or staining, where to use a cellulose sealer or finish would remove the spirit based stuff underneath. In all honesty, although I have spray can of it, rather than a tin, I've never experimented with it on pens because of the fact that it's water based and also the drying time is longer.
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    Wow...that's some write up. Very nice job. Could I ask a couple of questions and see if you may know the answers?

    You mentioned about some woods not being great for absorbing the melamine. I mainly use Olivewood. In your experience, how does that fair in relation to absorbency?

    Is there a risk of scratching the wood when burnishing with the shavings...and can any shavings do? Obviously if I'm making a single pen there aren't enough shaving...especially as my extractor is pretty good. However, there is a fair amount on the floor from roughing out another job.

    When burnishing the sealer...are you using a clean dry part of the tissue?

    Thanks in advance Phil...really informative write up and I've got 3 blanks ready for a finish tomorrow so really looking forward to following your methods. I had another go today so it's helped me to understand your method a little bit better. It was nice not to be blasted by CA fumes and also not feel rushed...but I still wear a mask just in case.

    Ps...did my email reach you in one piece? I've been having problems sending emails so I'm double checking everyone I've sent emails too these last few days.
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