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Posted on SealCoat (dewaxed shellac) with stain glaze

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#1 posted 09-16-2018 07:01 AM

I am doing this process right now on a bed that I am building for my son, and it works pretty good. I am staining the poplar bed with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. To preclude the poplar from looking blotchy, I used Seal Coat on it first. But, to allow the stain to actually penetrate the seal coat, you have to cut the shellac down. It comes in the can as a 2lb cut. You need to mix the shellac in a 1:1 ratio with denatured alcohol and stir it up. That will dilute the shallac to a 1lb cut. This will make the seal coat much thinner, and allow the stain to actually penetrate into the wood. However, it does a good job at slowing the absorption in the areas that the poplar would normally blotch, as those have been pre-prepped with the shellac. Also, because the mixture has been thinned, any runs won’t be very noticable because of all of the alcohol that evaporates out. I have found most, if not all, of the liquid get absorbed into the poplar.

After the shellac is applied, I give it about an hour to fully cure and then hit it with 320 sandpaper just to take down any areas where the grain may have raised. I then wipe it down with mineral spirits to get rid of any dust, and then start staining. It really does look good afterward.

After 2 coats of the stain, I have been using General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. It works very similarly to their polyurethane, but it is oil based. It takes a little longer to dry, but I think it gives it a higher quality look than the poly. I also think it doesn’t yellow as much as poly normally does.

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