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William Shelley

609 posts in 2004 days

#1 posted 12-27-2017 04:46 PM

The only fault I found with shellac is its durability, especially if it may come into contact with solvents (namely alcohol). Beyond that, it is a very friendly finish to work with. Too bad it has become so freaking expensive!

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The expense is probably why it’s not used as much. I was pretty ecstatic to find a pound of ruby shellac flakes (Woodcraft brand) in an unopened container at a thrift store for $1. Sometimes I’ll find quart cans of “expired” premixed shellac (Bullseye brand) at the local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store (secondhand building materials supply store). I always test these cans out, if a thin coat is dry and hard to the touch within an hour, I consider it usable.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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