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post #1 of 4 Old 05-27-2008, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm finishing my wood floor in the living room. We applied our first coat of dewaxed shellac and it looks great. We are now lightly sanding this coat in preparation for another coat. Problem? We have a few places with brush marks (actually lap marks) and sanding is not really working....is there some sort of medium (i.e. denatured alcohol or mineral spirits) that would help the process? I know that alcohol is the solvent of shellac and I wouldn't want to dissolve it away. But I've heard that technique used to repair old finishes. Then I read about using mineral spirits to sand but...? Help please

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We used a brush because the applicator pad to be used with broom handle shed fuzz like crazy.

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Denatured alcohol will dissolve it. What cut shellac did you use? I don't do floors but use 1# cut on many of my projects. I cut it (with alcohol) so it flows better, and use multiple coats. Also, a well washed old cotton T-shirt makes a lint free applicator instead of brushing. Try wrapping the applicator pad with it.
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Thanks for the suggestion! We did use the denatured alcohol and it worked. We used 2lb cut. For the second cut, we used $.50 foam brush that worked excellently! Thanks again for the help.
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