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#1 posted 08-03-2010 03:58 AM

When I apply a oil stain, I then apply a coat of 1 1/2lb. dewaxed shellac over the oil stain as a sealer after the stain has dried or cured. I do not sand the shellac. Sanding the shellac may remove the barrier and expose the stain. I sand the first coat of top coat over the shellac and sand between additional coats with 300 grit paper. When I say sand, you only want to take off the wiskers and not the finish. Other then shellac and stain, I only use water base finishes. The finish you are using and the finishing technique should be done on scrap wood first and not the finished project.
The deficiencies if any will show up on the scrap material and you can adjust methods of application and material accordingly.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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