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Posted on Fixing Flaws in a Shellac Finish

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 10-31-2019 06:15 AM

Scott… with shellac, once you start, you must NOT STOP and go back… just keep on going…
Wad up a piece of cloth into a small ball, dip it into shellac and Starting at one end, land the cloth on the end of the board, keep going to other end, taking off… Dip into more shellac to keep it going…
... land & take off again… quickly… non-stop…

After 1st coat has dried, usually just a few minutes, sand very lightly, wipe-down, then go over it again hitting the places that obviously need it… NON-STOP on to end of runway…

Subsequent coats will melt-into previous coats…

Always add more coats where needed WHEN IT HAS DRIED first, etc.

I almost popped in and said to just go over it denatured alcohol until things were even & corrected… Then, start over again as described above…

Shellac is really easy to work with… IF you follow the above procedure…

In the future, you can always sand lightly & clean… followed by adding more coats as above… will end up looking better than it was before because the new coats will blend into previous finish…

Poly, etc. will always have to be sanded a lot to refinish… no where near as nice as shellac works.

Sorry, I should have popped in back when… but, I thought that maybe their way just might work… Sorry it didn’t.

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