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Posted on Can I slow down the drying of shellac?

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 05-18-2019 03:42 PM

I have heard (but not tried) that putting a teaspoon of turpentine into a pint of shellac will slow it’s drying dramatically, you might try it and see if if it’s what you want. But cleaning spray equipment when using shellac couldn’t be easier. Skip the DNA for cleaning, use household ammonia. Ammonia absolutely destroys shellac, your gun is really clean. Just rinse it thoroughly with some warm water and your done. The only caution is that ammonia can stain aluminum (I guess, it did mine) although this dones no harm; it’s an appearance thing. I put some ammonia into a 5 gallon bucket with warm water and soak the parts I can, I also spray some of the ammonia mix through the gun to get the internals clean. Works great, and is a cheap way to do it.

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