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Forum topic by Tom posted 07-07-2017 10:11 PM 649 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2017 10:11 PM

Hi all, I have a box that I hadn’t finished shellacking. Sadly, it has been around the kitchen for about 2 years and now has a light film of oil on it. What would be the best option for cleaning it before I finish the shellac?

Thanks,

-- - Tom


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#1 posted 07-07-2017 10:45 PM

Naphtha. Mineral spirits or paint thinner are OK if you have them lying around, but if you’re heading out to buy something go with naphtha. it’s what is generally recommended for removing wax and oil.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#2 posted 07-07-2017 10:58 PM

Thanks so much Rich! I’ll go out and get some naphtha.

-- - Tom

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#3 posted 07-08-2017 01:46 AM

Or you could shellac over the oil (if there’s no objectionable color). “Shellac sticks to everything, and everything sticks to shellac.”

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 07-08-2017 02:24 AM

Agree with both but I would remove the oil with naptha.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 07-08-2017 05:36 PM

Thanks Dave, if it were an oil finish I might just shellac over top, but being that it’s aerosolized cooking oil (or something like that) I’m afraid the finish would look murky afterwards. Naphtha sounds like a solid plan.

-- - Tom

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#6 posted 07-09-2017 01:31 AM

Probably safest that way. Then again, you can remove shellac with alcohol, so I might be tempted to try it (figuring I would probably be making more work for myself). Might discover a secret recipe for a finish. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 07-09-2017 11:59 PM

BTW the naphtha worked great! Thanks all for helping out!

-- - Tom

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