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#1 posted 01-25-2013 05:42 PM

Shellac is a quick and easy finish that comes in a variety of shades plus it can be touched up easily ,it can be used on many projects, but IMO it’s not the appropriate finish for table tops and large projects because it does not afford good protection from water infiltration and it’s softer than many other top coats. Of all of the older finishes it’s the most versatile and still has many uses in modern finishing ,beside being easy to apply it can be used as a wood conditioner(although there are more effect wood conditioners),it can be used to seal one type of finish so another can be applied over non-compatible finishes because almost all other finishes will adhere to it and as a top coat .

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