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#1 posted 08-03-2012 06:13 AM

I usually “pad” on shellac with a folded piece of t-shirt material.
I usually don’t do the whole french polish process because
it isn’t needed to get very, very nice results with shellac.

Instead, I pad it on and sand lightly between coats with
stearated paper. I let the final coat cure, then rub it out
and top-coat with wax. The finish builds quick and is not
messy or tedious.

For smaller pieces I grab the folded pad with a medicl
hemostat so I don’t have to get it on my fingers or mess
with a glove, which can get sticky and hard to use as the
shellac dries on it. Also my nails are grown out on my right
hand for playing guitar and they poke holes in the glove
so if your nails are short you may get better performance
from a glove and holding the pad in your hand certainly
gives a better feel.

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