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Posted on Trying to get a mirror finish with shellac

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Greg3G

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 07:16 PM

There may be issue with expectations. Shellac is not as hard as polyurethane or lacquer. It scratches easier. If you are having issues with clouding, it may actually be your alcohol. I have run into this personally. Alcohol absorbs water, even from the atmosphere. It will cause a white haze to develop, especially in a humid atmosphere. The only solution at that point is to get fresh alcohol and rub the piece down until you remove the haze by removing those layers that are contaminated.

If the issue is small scratches, I’m not sure how this is happening. It may be a dusty environment that is adding dust as you polish. I would have to see it before I could give any advice on that.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV


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