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Posted on SealCoat (dewaxed shellac) with stain glaze

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#1 posted 09-17-2018 01:43 PM

I did a similar type of finish on some cabinets and a table. I posted it as a project (with pictures) here.

My finishing procedure is in the project, but I’ll copy it here so you don’t have to follow the link if you don’t want to:
The real time and effort was in the finishing. I sanded to 320 grit then put on a water based dye. Sand 320 again. Put on a coat of 100% de-waxed shellac (sanding sealer). Sand 320 again. Put on a gel stain and wipe off. No sanding after that, but another coat of sanding sealer. Then another 320 sanding. Then 3 coats of water based polyurethane with 400 grit sanding after the 1st and 2nd coat.

I only put a single coat of sanding sealer on over the dye, before the stain and then sanded. Not so much to scuff the seal coat, but to expose some parts of the grain for the stain to penetrate into without obliterating the underlying dye.

I’ll probably be doing this again in a couple months for another piece of furniture. I’ll try to get pictures of the finishing process.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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