How can I make shellac POP?

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Forum topic by Kristoffer posted 12-25-2011 08:58 PM 1145 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-25-2011 08:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question shellac walnut finishing

I just finished a coat rack. I put about 4-5 coats of shellac on it, it looks nice, but I think that it could look even better. I have 0000 wool on hand, but I still haven’t used it on a project like this. What should my next step be?

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#1 posted 12-25-2011 09:29 PM

Let it cure for a month or so. Then it will be hard and you can rub
it out to whatever sort of sheen you want.

“Pop” is usually something you get with the first coat that brings out
latent colors in the wood… getting the “wet” look or whatever. Final
rubbing out with abrasives like steel wool, pumice and rottenstone
gets you the level of consistent gloss you are after. Shellac when it
is cured hard can be rubbed out to a lacquer like high gloss and of
course it has a nice transparency that is more glass-like than poly type

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 12:52 AM

Listen to Loren, and congrats on using a classic finish. Also, an auto body polishing compound will work.

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