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I'm new to all this but I have researched a bit about it and plan to finish my burr veneer in this way;

Seal with diluted shellac (french polish/mentholated spirit 50/50)
pack pours (fine burr dust/pva)
Sand and wipe with meths to remove dust
Seal with Shellac
Apply 10 or so coats of internal brushing lacquer sanding every 2nd coat with fine sandpaper

Is this process going to be OK or are there any pitfalls using this sequence??
 

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I'm new to all this but I have researched a bit about it and plan to finish my burr veneer in this way;

Seal with diluted shellac (french polish/mentholated spirit 50/50)
pack pours (fine burr dust/pva)
Sand and wipe with meths to remove dust
Seal with Shellac
Apply 10 or so coats of internal brushing lacquer sanding every 2nd coat with fine sandpaper

Is this process going to be OK or are there any pitfalls using this sequence??
If you user shellac, use a de-waxed product like Seal Coat.

What do you mean "pack pours (fine burr dust/pva)"?

What do you mean "meths"?






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If you user shellac, use a de-waxed product like Seal Coat.

What do you mean "pack pours (fine burr dust/pva)"?

What do you mean "meths"?






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Hi thanks for the reply....yea I should have been a little clearer;
I plan to fill the pours/grain with a filler made of fine wood dust (obtained from a orbital sander) and general purpose white wood glue. When I said meths I meant mentholated spirits (denatured alcohol)
 

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I'm new to all this but I have researched a bit about it and plan to finish my burr veneer in this way;

Seal with diluted shellac (french polish/mentholated spirit 50/50)
pack pours (fine burr dust/pva)
Sand and wipe with meths to remove dust
Seal with Shellac
Apply 10 or so coats of internal brushing lacquer sanding every 2nd coat with fine sandpaper

Is this process going to be OK or are there any pitfalls using this sequence??
Brushing lacquer is so similar to shellac I don't see the point of using the shellac. There is no reason you can't use standard or dewaxed shellac under lacquer though. I wouldn't wipe the dust off with methanol as it will liquify the dried shellac you just put on. I normally clean sanding dust with compressed air and a dry cloth. I don't believe it will be necessary to use 10 coats of lacquer. The thinner you can make the finish the better results you will have. Lacquer is a pretty brittle finish and if you go thick it can crack. If it is a satin lacquer you wish to end with I would build the finish with gloss and use satin last. The flattening agents in the satin will cloud the finish where the gloss will be clear. One other note, brushing lacquer is a nitrocellulose lacquer and it will yellow over time and is not recommended for light colored woods.
 

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Brushing lacquer is so similar to shellac I don't see the point of using the shellac. There is no reason you can't use standard or dewaxed shellac under lacquer though. I wouldn't wipe the dust off with methanol as it will liquify the dried shellac you just put on. I normally clean sanding dust with compressed air and a dry cloth. I don't believe it will be necessary to use 10 coats of lacquer. The thinner you can make the finish the better results you will have. Lacquer is a pretty brittle finish and if you go thick it can crack. If it is a satin lacquer you wish to end with I would build the finish with gloss and use satin last. The flattening agents in the satin will cloud the finish where the gloss will be clear. One other note, brushing lacquer is a nitrocellulose lacquer and it will yellow over time and is not recommended for light colored woods.
Goods points well made! Here's the thing...I want a high gloss finish but don't want to go down the spraying route as I'm just doing a one off project and am looking for simplicity. Any ideas Steve..?
 
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