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#1 posted 12-04-2017 03:30 AM

The good…
Shellac dries quickly, allowing you to build a finish quickly.
Will stick to anything.
Blocks stains/knots in pine for future painting
Seals walls with ball point pen graffiti allowing painting with latex paint (don’t ask)
Anything sticks to it.
Can be thinned with alcohol.
Non toxic when dry.
Smells good. Well, doesn’t smell bad.
Finish easily repaired in the future
Removable with alcohol (refinishing)

The bad,
Not very water resistant, glasses leave rings easily
limited shelf life in liquid form

I love the stuff. It was the first finish I ever used (I was probably 10.)
Mostly use blonde, though have used orange when I wanted some color effect. Never used garnet.

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