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Chestnut Cut n Polish abrasive paste - 225ml


£10.74

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Chestnut Cut'n'Polish is an abrasive paste which consists of a special blend of abrasive particles and waxes. In use, the abrasive particles break down to ever smaller sizes whilst still retaining their cutting edges, thereby effectively mutating the paste into a finer and finer abrasive as it works. The blend of waxes is designed to lubricate the process and stay "wet" throughout, reducing the effect of friction and trapping any dust that is generated.

On most woods and acrylics it is not normally necessary to sand with traditional abrasives beyond 240 grit, after which, apply a coat of Cut'n'Polish with the lathe stopped. Switch on the lathe, and with a cloth or tissue, slowly and steadily work the rotating piece to a smooth sheen, which causes the paste to "sand" it to a fine surface finish at the same time.

After a final thorough buff with a clean cloth or tissue to remove any visible residue, wood can afterwards be overcoated with wax or oil finishes, whilst acrylics and other resins often don't need any further finishes applied to them at all.

Please note however, that despite any advertising you may have read about abrasive paste elsewhere, they all use wax as a carrier and are therefore not a suitable abrasive if you want to apply a chemical finish afterwards, such as lacquers, CA finishes, varnishes and the like. Although you might think in the short term that the effect looks great, chemical finishes will not will adhere to wax, even if you believe you've thoroughly removed it all, and the finish will have no resilience. You can put waxes on top of chemical finishes, but you can't put chemical finishes on top of wax. Abrasive pastes have their place, and rightly so, but they are by no means a "one size fits all" alternative to traditional abrasives.

So, having given words of caution about abrasive pastes in general, it has to be said that Chestnut Cut'n'Polish is brilliant stuff, especially on an acrylic pen blank, and we highly recommend it for the right applications. It eliminates the need for a pile of traditional abrasives in a range of grits because it mutates from a course abrasive to a fine abrasive as it works. It is therefore ideal for woods that are going to have a wax or an oil finish as a final overcoat, and for resins (including acrylic or ebonite pen blanks and stabilised hybrid pen blanks) that perhaps apart from a topcoat of Microcrystalline wax to keep the fingerprints off, don't need a final overcoat at all.

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