Tips to Reduce Heat When Applying CA Superglue

Tips to Reduce Heat When Applying CA Superglue

We often get questions on how to reduce the heat produced when pen finishing with CA Superglue. After sanding the pen blank, the next step is usually CA glue application as you continue turning on the lathe. Before you start CA application, some good preparation will save you from getting burns on your skin. 

  1. Make 8-10 pads out of kitchen towel. You can cut each towel into 2 pieces and then fold each piece four times to have lengths of 1.5" 

  2. The next step is to apply the CA, and you do this by holding a kitchen towel pad lightly in contact with the bottom of the pen barrel which should be turning at about 800 revs.
  3. Start by using the third of the pad farthest from you. On one barrel you should apply three drops and move the pad briskly up and down the length of the barrel to ensure even distribution of the glue.
  4. Repeat the process on the other barrel but using only two drops as the pad will have some residual glue already on it.
  5. Spray a light coat of accelerator on the barrels to set the CA instantly.
  6. From time to time you'll notice some fumes, so it's very important to work in a well ventilated room.
  7. Apply a second coat in exactly the same way but using the middle third of the pad then discard it. This way one pad does not get too hot that it burns your fingers.

Our Heavy Thin CA glue has been touted by many makers as a favorite since it is not too runny. If the CA is too runny you will end up applying far too much which will saturate the pad.

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