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Posted on Poly over Zinsser amber Shellac?

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#1 posted 06-26-2012 01:21 PM

Ted and Fred,

Thanks for the reply. I was thinking that one option might be to go ahead and spray a coat of the Zinsser seal coat over the shellac. The seal coat data sheet states that it will stick to anything and anything will stick to it. It is actually promoted as a “binder coat” product “used for bonding two dis-similar coatings.

You had mentioned non-poly varnish. I don’t have any experience with varnishes of any kind. I am trying to find a finishing solution for end-table tops. I was wanting to put something over the shellac on the tops so I would have a bit better protection from water stains from drinking cups/glasses. I thought poly would be a good option to give better protection than the shellac. I have used a lot of shellac but not on pieces that people will be setting glasses on.

Can you give me any feedback on the “protection” qualities of varnish (the non-poly type in particular). Would this be a good option to use for the above stated purpose of giving the better protection against water stains/cup rings?

I really appreciate your feedback. A finishing expert, I am not.


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