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 Post subject: Morta Finish
PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 7:46 pm 
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Hello, I've made a lot of Morta pipes using carnauba wax as a finish. The pipes looks nice and clean with just wax but I'm looking for something that will last shining longer. I've tried shellac, danish oil and I jut don't like the look. Any ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: Morta Finish
PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 9:16 am 
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Smooth or sandblast? Smooth morta needs to have pores filled before it can become actually smooth.

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 Post subject: Re: Morta Finish
PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 3:32 pm 
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sandahlpipe wrote:
Smooth or sandblast? Smooth morta needs to have pores filled before it can become actually smooth.


I'm sorry, I was referring to blasted Morta. I've used carnauba wax and it looks very nice and clean but I want a more permanent finish.


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 Post subject: Re: Morta Finish
PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 6:14 pm 
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In that case, I think thinned shellac is about the best you can do. Experiment on scraps with the cut till you get the right thickness and shine that you're looking for. You could try any other kind of finish, but I think shellac is probably the most common way to finish a blast of any kind. You could also use thinned shellac for the first coat and then put a different finish on top of it. Just about any other kind of finish will stick to shellac. Bob Flexner's book "Understanding Wood Finishing" is worthwhile to read about the different options. Most finish options are acceptable for use on pipes as long as you give them enough time to fully cure. Nearly all wood finishes are food-safe once cured.

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