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Forum topic by houseofcharm posted 12-18-2016 03:26 AM 577 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2016 03:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shellac amber cherry

HI all, I thought I was signed up in here but must been a leeching lurker only.

I have a q about amber shellac. I’ve done a number of pieces in clear shellac and seal with it constantly but never used amber shellac. I have a 19c French writing desk that’s shellaced in what must be amber. It’s scratches go much lighter when into the cherry wood.

Will the amber color in the amber shellac act as a stain in those areas that are raw wood? A wet wiping with water seems to blend the color with the surrounding shellaced areas so I think an amber shellac over the newly sanded surface would add enough tone to get to the ‘amber’ color, if that makes sense.


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#1 posted 12-18-2016 04:19 AM

Does not make sense, but any scratch will be darken with any finish. Less with Shellac, it is very forgiving.

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 06:03 AM

I assume your desk has a French polish finish? How do you intend to apply the shellac? A pad? A brush? Are you going to make your own or buy Bulls eye commercial shellac? If the scratches go deep, you might have to build up the shellac, sand and then probably pad the whole thing/area. Would you have a picture?

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#3 posted 12-18-2016 04:57 PM

Thanks for the replies-it’s an older but certainly not original, shellac finish which, when scratched to the wood, is much more ‘amber’ than the natural cherry underneath. It reminds me of the stain in poly one coat finish by Minwax with the color in the finish-when it chips, adios color. It a farm style table-here’s a bad pic of it. I’ll post the closeup tomorrow.

Some scratches blend in with just water, some stay lighter than the finished areas. maybe I need to test each one and if it doesn’t darken, spot-color those resistant scratches. And I’ll use Zinnser in amber, not the nest color but it fits with the rest of the piece.

Bad pics in my listing of it-for viewing, no commercial intent:

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