Finishing/poloshing a slingshot

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Mujician, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. Mujician

    Mujician New Member

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    Hi, after the final shaping of a catapult, what is the best way of finishing it to make it 'glass smooth'? I have various sand papers, wire wools, and also a sanding mop (for my drill). I have various oils, and varnishes to experiment with, but I want to know what you guys do to make it as smooth as possible. Many thanks, Ben
     
  2. Take up to really high grit sandpaper, working up to super fine grit. Then give it a bath in linseed oil. After that there are so many ways to get a nice finish that I don't know where to begin lol.
     

  3. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    I prefer finishing with super glue but that' s my personal choice.<br>Read <a href="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/t1167-general-sandpaper-finishing-discussions?highlight=finishing" class="postlink">THIS</a> and you will find good info i think.
     
  4. Mujician

    Mujician New Member

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    Okay cool, what do people generally use to sand with? What works best? I'd like to be able to do it as quick as I can without skimping on quality!
     
  5. MaddyMax

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    once i used water resistant wood glue after sanding. then polished with chrome polish paste. came out nearly as shiny as a superglue finish but took a lot longer to dry.
     
  6. MaddyMax

    MaddyMax New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Mujician wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Okay cool, what do people generally use to sand with? What works best? I'd like to be able to do it as quick as I can without skimping on quality!</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>normally just by hand. sure, you have to have a nice surface before. sanding directly after rasping takes a lot of time <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">. you also could use a dremel/proxxon. as you prefer.</span>
     
  7. Mujician

    Mujician New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>MaddyMax wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Mujician wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Okay cool, what do people generally use to sand with? What works best? I'd like to be able to do it as quick as I can without skimping on quality!</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>normally just by hand. sure, you have to have a nice surface before. sanding directly after rasping takes a lot of time <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">. you also could use a dremel/proxxon. as you prefer.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Sorry. I meant like sand paper, wet/dry paper, wire wool. All these differen't things come in all these different grits. So I was wondering what I should use?</span>
     
  8. Read the post tokSick linked to, it lists the grit
     
  9. Mujician

    Mujician New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>mikehunt042084 wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Read the post tokSick linked to, it lists the grit</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Yes, I saw that, but the question was what do I use? Not which grit do I use? Sand paper, wet/dry paper, wire wool or what? sorry if that wasn't clear.</span>
     
  10. MaddyMax

    MaddyMax New Member

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    dry sand paper for the wood until sanding with the finest grit. then make the wood a little wet. let it dry then sand again with the finest grit. apply the coating. after coating's dry you can wet sand and polish it. the more you repeat the different steps, the better it looks like.
     
  11. ABH

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    I first rasp it with the thinest flat metal rasp, then I sand it a lot with rough grid paper, then I put a layer of linseed oil, then I cover it with a layer of polyurethane varnish, I re sanded it with very very high grid sand paper specific for paint re sanding, give another layer, resand it and give the forth one