Frankly, electrostatic finish are crap. When you replace their linen, you have to apply wax before you tape cue because their finish easily lifts . it's true for McD too .I meant Viking doing smaller makers cues. And I meant that someone here could invest in a finishing process and do other makers' cues.
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Damn, I thought that was a guarded secret .I don’t know if this will help or not. On the rare occasion I finish a cue I make a pass, lightly sand then coat with epoxy. After a day or 2 I take another pass to cut away the excess epoxy then sand. Sometimes I need a second coat of epoxy but I found this gives me a very flat surface to spray over.
I use either Aluminum angle section and round over the edges . I also have wooden ones made too. The wood ones I make to a wider than 90 deg, its around 115 deg or so . I just cut a 25 deg angle on the edge of the 16mm thick wood. Made from 30x16 for the piece with the angle and 40x16 the piece that the angle gets screwed to. The idea of the different angles is to make the handles round. It's kind of what a Sunnen external hone does. Either one can also be used with a flat top block. Some I stick the paper to them, when I am getting close to the finished size etc as the loose paper can cause some small waves etc if you are not careful with it. On my cork handle cues, they were all recut after the finish was placed onto them. And the finally sanded with the Vee bocks and in those days used the paper with the sticky back that I could get from a local hardware store. After the 1200 paper, I used cheese cloth and automotive polishes to get the nice gloss. Some where left with the 1200 paper in a 45 deg cross hatch finish, when a customer saw the pre finish and said I really like the look of that. It's different. I wet sand with a little bit of dish wash detergent to break the water surface tension. Makes a big difference in keeping the paper clean and than washes off the dust particles too. I did try a sponge in the bottom of the Vee, but that ended up being more of a pain than an advantage. Although I probable should have glued it into place. Hope this helps, NeilNeil,what are you using for material on these sanding blocks,guessing machined to a 90 degree angle like a machinist's V block? Tommy D.