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#1 posted 10-07-2012 11:27 PM

The huge beauty of shellac is that it’s a barrier. This is lost on folks who use typical home center products, as they dry too slowly to be used with the barrier.

As NiteWalker mentioned, it can prevent waterborne finishes from raising grain. It can also prevent oil based brush or wipe-on varnishes from moving oil-based stain pigment around.

Also, shellac can act as an “undo” between professional dyes and pigment stains. Dye the wood, coat with shellac, apply dry brushed pigment stain. Don’t like the pigment? You can wipe it off with mineral spirits without disturbing the dye! ;^)

Shellac is also a wonderful finish in itself. It dries super fast, wiping to a wicked fast, shiny build, and it wet sands nicely using mineral spirits as a lubricant.

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