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#1 posted 02-21-2013 06:22 PM

I thought I would add a tip I learned the hard way, I always mix my own Shellac from scratch using flakes, since starting to do this my finishes have improved dramatically. It also saves on waste since Shellac has a fairly short shelf life. I usually use a 1lb cut regardless of if I’m spraying or brushing and I just apply more coats.

Another tip, the cut doesn’t matter as much as most people think, a thinner cut will flow smoother and dry faster, you’ll need more coats but each coat will be more consistent. If you think about it the alcohol is going to evaporate anyway, if you are in a hurry and want to use a thick cut and apply less coats you are increasing your odds of runs and other thick finish ills, I used to do this because I was eager to see the fruits of all that hard work, then I learned (the hard way) that sanding and finishing are just as important as craftsmanship of construction.

If you slow down, go thin and add more coats I think you’ll really like the results.

-- Gary - Carson City, NV - "Every man looks upon his wood pile with a sort of affection." — Henry David Thoreau

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