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Posted on Transtint making globs in Minwax Polycrylic

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#1 posted 01-09-2014 05:26 PM


When it happened to me all the transtint went to the bottom of my sprayer cup; it was heavier than my finish and wouldn’t permanently mix so there was nothing I thought I could do on that and had to start over.

Its like Vinegar and Oil salad dressing, you can shake it but it always goes back to its original state. But now when I’m doing a larger project I premix a quart or more with Shellac and denatured alchohol and will utilize it over a month and never have to remix it. I may shake it quickly, but it doesn’t separate and I think you need to find a system that will provide consistent results.

What I’ve learned is that you could just use water to spray the dye or just alcohol if you don’t want to raise the grain, but then when you touch it it can smear off or smudge. That’s where just a little thinned shellac in the mix helps it stick, but doesn’t build up if you need to cover it 6-8 coats.

If you’ve never used Shellac its amazing because its organic, dries very quickly and sticks to other finishes and is sticky to finishes going over the top. I recognize its not desirable topcoat in a moist environment, but for hundreds of years it was the goto finish for fine furniture and I think is overlooked today. But then again when I went down the road to learn about spraying transtint there is very little on the internet about it. I realize cabinet shops must have mastered it, but I think they don’t share much on youtube.

I’m sorry I can’t tell you more because after I found what worked for me I stopped experimenting.

I’ve also learned much I prefer lacquer which gets a bad rap these days because of the smell and hazards…. but it dries so quickly and consistently that I think its a great product for the experienced home shop.

Good Luck!

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