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    Color filling engraved acrylic pens

    Hi All,
    I have engraved a few acrylic pens but it is hard to see the engravings. I want to color fill it in a gold color so that the name can be seen clearly. Any pointers, help, or advice or suggestions would be great. I have searched the site on color fills and have some information. I just want to know what works the easiest and best for these Christmas presents.

    Thanks for any and all of you help.
    Mike Berndt

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    I can't say to how well it'll work, but I have finally gotten around to buying gold, antique gold and silver "rub-n-buff". Used it on some shells, corian and wood. It has turned out better than the acrylic paint I've been using to color fill. I got mine from Michaels.

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    Any acrylic paint from the hobby store should do. Before my final buffing, I dab it onto the engraving with a Qtip and wipe off the excess. After it dries, I do my final buffing.

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    I've found an exceptional acrylic paint at Hobby Lobby called Precious Metals gold leaf. I flood it on then scrape with card then clean with dna.
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    Rub-n-buff is what I use. Works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Berndt View Post
    Hi All,
    I have engraved a few acrylic pens but it is hard to see the engravings. I want to color fill it in a gold color so that the name can be seen clearly. Any pointers, help, or advice or suggestions would be great. I have searched the site on color fills and have some information. I just want to know what works the easiest and best for these Christmas presents.

    Thanks for any and all of you help.
    Mike Berndt

    You may want to check with the "Turners" forum also as many pen turners use a variety
    of fill methods.

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    Rub n Buff works great for acrylic pens.. I usually use gold, but they have several other colours as well
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    Color fill suggestions

    Hi all,
    Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to try the rub n" buff method. Is there anything else you have to do over the top of the rub n' buff? I polish the acrylic then apply rub n' buff and then wipe of the excess. Is there a need to apply a finish over the fill? Just curious??

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    I just rub off the excess and buff with a buffing wheel

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    I find that rubbing with a cloth removes the excess as well..I'm a little heavy handed with a buffing wheel. Just did 25 this week. I have customers that turn both wood and acrylic, and the R&B works great on all
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    Thanks to all the responded :)

    Thanks Bill

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    OK. You guys talked be into try Rub-n-Buff also.
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    Mike

    Just one more thing. Some fonts or engravings have such fine lines that they are nearly invisible after filling. If you're having that issue you might try an outline to thicken the line.
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    I did a search and the closest I could come was a topic on acrylic pens.......but my real question is about wooden pens.......does anyone color fill them and if so, do you have any tips?

    I don't buy the rosewood pens because the engraving doesn't look as nice to me as it does on the maple pens.......but then I wondered if they colorfill well......maybe with gold rub n buff. Does anyone do that and if so, do you have a technique that works well? Do you engrave the graphic a little deeper so more paint sits in there? I'm aso concerned about getting paint under the clip, not getting all the excess paint off, etc.
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    Hi Steve.. My customers are pen turners, and they usually just bring me in the barrels. I have done acrylic, maple, and rosewood. They all seem to fill fine. I prefer not to use fill on the maple. In most cases the maple looks better in the natural brown of the engraving. The gold rub n buff looks great on the rosewood, and wiping some acrylic paint (or rub n buff) onto the engraving on acrylic pens, then wiping it off leaves the surface clean and the engraving filled. The ones I have done with the clip still attached, have posed no problems for cleaning, provide you don't slop the fill too close to the clip.. If you do, the quick pull of a piece of cloth under the clip should remove it if it's fresh.. For wood, I engrave the graphic along with the text, and use a speed of 22% at 100% power @300dpi .. It seems to make it deep enough to hold paint or r&B
    Last edited by Bill Cunningham; 04-09-2011 at 9:38 PM.
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