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post #21 of 23 Old 09-01-2011, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by JeromeH View Post
again...I thank you guys for your info. This is the largest and most expensive project I've attempted and the dining table top is the star of the show so I'm really try to get it right. Never anticipated my difficulty with shellac. It's solid Black Walnut with w/ 4 in x 4in corner legs with the top of the legs as part of the table top. With this being so important that I get it right I'm going to take your suggestion and go buy the flakes and mix my own. Again...thanks for your's much appreciated. Jerry

As mentioned Shellac is very forgiving. For folks like me (beginner) I like the fact that if (when) I mess up the top coat I can easily stip the shellac without havig to sand or restain. Also, I don't have equipment to spray so I dont want to try lacquer. With a nice brush, some practice, and some patience, you can get a super finish with shellac.

Also learned that after several (say more than 4 or 5) coats, the shellac takes a loooong time to dry (weeks) where it can be sanded without clogging the sandpaper. Now I use mineral spirits as a lubricant and sanding is super easy.

Plus, if (when) my kids ding, scratch, or scuff the finish (been using shellac a lot on antique doors) I can simply touch up or strip just the shellac and re topcoat.

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post #22 of 23 Old 09-01-2011, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by monty1975 View Post
According to the MSDS it is a 3lb cut.

I always cut it with denatured alcohol before using it

I stand corrected.

Thanks for the info.

OH, wait a minute ............Yep!.............That's what he said!

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The biggest consumer of shellac is the pharmaceutical companies for coating pills and they use it on M&M's I believe. I started using it more on my projects and have had good luck. It dries fast and looks good.
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