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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 02:38 PM

Mike, I’ve never been able to brush shellac and get it to come out smooth….and using a pad soaked in DNA will redissolve the coat and allow you to smooth it out. The pad should be a piece of lintless cloth (old T shirt will work fine, though the purists will suggest linen) stuffed with a pad, wool works best. Twist the cloth tight around your pad, and charge it with DNA. This is also the way I usually apply shellac, at least on smooth surfaces…doesn’t work too well around moldings/nocks and crannies, etc. My only other alternative is to spray it, it sprays quite well.

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