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#1 posted 10-08-2012 02:11 PM

“It’s not all hype!”

Bob, doesn’t tell you there is a time and place for both dewaxed & shellac with wax. Waxed shellac is great for new furniture where shellac going to be final finish. Dewaxed shellac great for pre-staining, end grain, blotchy woods, and woods with high tannin content. Of course up to you to used eith waxed or dewaxed shellac as final finish.

Experienced refinisher and finishers know when to use either waxed or dewaxed shellac to obtain color needed for a piece working on.

It is true many stain/finish manufacturers recommend a pre-stain conditioner product when using their product on softwoods or porous woods. Is that hype check MSDS for the pre-stain conditioner product! Dewaxed shellac might be better option. Some stain manufacturers do recommend you not use shellac with their stains because it distorts color of stain.

Bob did not mention 1lb cut or less spit-wash coat. Difference between spit-wash coat and sealer coat is the cut or shellac to alcohol ratio. Both cuts do same thing!

Before 2 & 3 lb cut cans of shellac arrived at stores refinishers and finishers have been using a spit -wash coat 1lb cut of shellac as a sealer or barrier coat between other finishes or stains for very long time

-- Bill

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