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#1 posted 01-25-2013 04:08 PM

Thanks for the info. I am on my 3rd coat this morning. Lightly sanded w/320-grit before 3rd. I am finding out just how quickly I do have to work… tough to not have drips around corners of chest and have had to use DA to rub down those areas an re-do. FYI, I am brushing on with a 2in brush. I keep an open container of DA next to the shellac/DA mix container. I am mixing 50/50 of the zinsser shellac and DA, what ever ratio that makes?

Over all with this being my first ‘shellacing’, NOT counting all LJs forum threads of course ;-), I am actually enjoying the experience. I would much rather smell the DA than all of the petroleum based solvents.

  • Since I am brushing the shellac, just how much sheen can I expect? And when should I stop and call it done?
  • Can or should I use Johnson’s Paste Wax over this finish? Or leave it “shellac only” for future repair finishing down the road?
  • After my final coat, can or should I brush/polish lightly with #0000 steel wool? From what I am hearing above it may be too hard to keep from streaking when using a brush?

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