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.