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#1 posted 03-16-2015 07:11 PM

Hate to burst your bubble but Shellac is a film forming finish! Over at IAP, Shellac & Shellac wax products gets a bad name for durability.

Still have desk and car pens over ten years old finished with Crystal Coat that looks great, no do not have the gloss when still on the lathe. Several years ago tried to get a durability discussion going and posted a picture of a Crystal coat finished pen. That thread died on the vine! Other products like Behlen Turner’s finish at one time a favorite finish for pool cues and pens.

What do you want any finish to do? What is the level of sheen do you want? There are tradeoffs to every finishing material available to us!

No, Shellac is not my first choice for a wood pen, only because of known disadvantages (not water proof, heat proof, absorbs alcohol, etc). On lamps, & picture frames with carvings Shellac my first choice. In side draws, blanket chest, underside of tables shellac an excellent sealer. Refinishing antique furniture cannot beat Shellac and natural waxes (bees wax) would be lost without the two!

There are so many finishing products with Shellac in the name or not listed hard to keep up!

-- Bill

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