Protected: Dealer Training Videos February 6th, 2016Mercury Adhesives
This is a quick review of Mercury Adhesives CA from the esteemed Pen Turner Scott Lincoln. Scott Lincoln is very highly regarded in the world of custom wood pens as being one of the best for his laser engraving and laser inlay pens and pen blanks. He sells “ready-made” pen blanks that are engraved with various designs, but he’s best known for his military logos of all the US armed forces.
CA is very important to him since he first applies multiple CA coats before engraving and then a few more after. The pen blanks are ready to be assembled by other craftsmen, but we often fill the engraving with CA to provide a smooth surface.
I like the CA. It builds nicely and takes a very nice finish. I did one blank with Brand X and 1 with Mercury using the exact same process, number of coats etc. and asked my wife if she could tell the difference. She picked the “Mercury’d” blank as being shinier and smoother. I did 5 or 6 more and she really likes it. It really doesn’t matter what I think, it’s what Candy likes that is important 🙂 Here a pic of a pen done with Mercury, not a good job of showing the shine but we’ll get something better for you. I’ll spend some time in a few days and do a review online for you if you like.
His web site is http://www.finewoodpens.com
His work was reviewed in a local Newspaper article. You can read it here — http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/lifestyle/286426711.html
And here are some pictures of the beautiful work he’s done with Mercury.
WOW! That’s all that can be said of this review of Mercury Adhesives in the world of Pen Turning/Polishing. This was written by Jim Hinze in an e-mail to Mercury —
First some general feedback on the suite of products and my background…
I did my first CA finish on a pen around 2004 or so. Back then we didn’t have quality CA we do today, so we all experimented with various methods to get a good, crystal clear, durable finish. For the most part, it was good. I took a multi-year hiatus from turning, and resumed about 3 years ago…
Today’s products are light years ahead. When I resumed turning, I started using some of the old stand-buy’s (satellite city, dollar store generics, loctite, etc)… then I found a real pure CA in Starbond.. loved it.. but had it’s drawbacks. Was difficult to get a smooth finish (I’d get ripples and undulations).. and of course, this CA requires a lot of sanding. Sometimes, I’d even wet sand to get the clarity I wanted, and I hate wet sanding wood.
Fast forward to stick fast and their “finish” grade CA. Advertised can complete a finish in 10 minutes… not a bad product. I could not however, get the finish I desired using only their steps and polishing compounds. I still had to run through micro mesh… but was also prone to ripples and undulations.
I tried BSI … good product, better results, could not stand the cost. It’s quite expensive (as I’m sure you know), and the better finish didn’t cancel out the cost. So Robert asked me to give Mercury a whirl, and for roughly $22, was a no brainier, as it was cheaper than stick fast, starbond, and a whole lot cheaper than BSI. Well, after my first pen, I was sold. Your product is simply the best CA I’ve used for finishing and is cost effective!
In summary, if y’all keep making these products with the same quality, you have a customer for life.After I posted my review of your products, I was getting a ton of questions, so I put together a YouTube video on how I finish my pens with your products… I’ve included a link in case you’d find it interesting. It’s received great response and I know Robert’s seen a bit more traffic and new orders… hopefully it meets your approval.
I’m going to continue using the product. If I run into any difficulty, issues, or can offer up some suggestions, I will let y’all know asap.
Have you ever heard of Pen Turning or Polishing? No? Well, it’s a art form where people hand craft fountain pens. Guess what they use to make the hard mirror finish? Yup. CA. They use Thin CA for the base coat, and then Medium CA for the hard exterior coat. The product of choice for most Pen Polishers has been BSI Gold…until now. Read this review (click link below for PDF) to find out how well Mercury Adhesives’ performed!
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If your local hobby store doesn’t carry Mercury Adhesives, ask them to. In the meantime, you can also get our glues from AmazonClick here to be taken to the Amazon Store
Okay, so you have a bottle of CA and there’s something wrong with it. Maybe it got hard; or it got “stringy” (did you know there is a shelf-life to CA?); or confusingly enough…just doesn’t stick anymore (Thin CA can actually stay liquid and stop sticking when it gets old); or it just fails to meet your expectations in some way/shape/form. How do you get a new bottle?
Every bottle of Mercury Adhesives CA has a serial number on the back label (right above the Bar Code). We need that serial number. So, to make sure there’s no abuse to the system (someone going to a hobby store and just writing down serial numbers), we need physical proof of purchase.
So, here’s a step-by-step guide to getting a new bottle of glue via warranty replace —
- Return to us the rear label from the bottle of CA. It MUST include the serial number and the bar code. This is the cheapest option for you, as it will only cost you a stamp for shipping. You can also return the entire bottle of CA to us, but your shipping costs goes up. Sorry — NO pictures will be accepted. The Label or the Bottle is required, as fraud is too easy without physical proof. Think of it like a Refund, you don’t get the check without the actual UPC code from the box. Same here. We need the physical label. Note: EPOXY has no serial number nor bar code on the bottles. Therefore, the actual bottles must be returned for warranty replacement.
HINT: If you can’t get the label off the bottle, use a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the label adhesive.
- Provide to us an address to ship the new bottle of glue.
- S&H — Please write a check (or money order) for $2.75 if you’re in the US for the first CA/Epoxy item, or $6.75 for Aerosol Accelerator; add $1.00 for each additional item. If you’re from CANADA, please include $9.00 USD for the first item, and $1.00 USD for each additional item (sorry Canada, but that’s our cost to get it over the boarder. If paying with Canadian dollars, please account for the current exchange rate). Include the check with the label. Make it out to Mercury Adhesives. DEALERS are exempt from this step.
- Check your mail box.
Our mailing address is:
1353 Riverstone Parkway, Ste. 120-256
Canton, GA 30114
There is an unconditional warranty, without time limit, on all NEW glue purchases.
Thank you for using Mercury Adhesives!