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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 03:01 PM

I’m with you, Charile, shellac is a serviceable, durable finish, and only slightly water resistant. Its important not to assume that water is the only chemical that might be splashed there, but being in the proximity of Kitchen Work, there are likely other things that get splashed there. There will be splashes that dry out because the “perp” (!) may not be aware of the splash, or getting distracted by the job at hand delays clean up. Perhaps the best you could do for it is to wax it heavily with a quality Carnuba paste wax that will hold stuff off the shellac. Periodic recoats will be necessary, but perhaps pleasant. If another coat of shellac is needed, a good cleaning with a dewaxer detergent like TSP (trisodium phosphate) will do the job easily.
Any recent pictures of your project?

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