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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 06-29-2013 06:09 PM

I think what you want to do will be fine, although I wasn’t sure what you plan for the top coat. Sealing the dye with shellac would be fine….or not (also fine). But I would use a good quality varnish toe finish the whole thing off. As others have mentioned, a spilled bottle could be hard on several other finishes, and the varnish would be the most durable. For me, that varnish would not be a polyurethane (I’d like the look of an alkyd resin varnish much better), but the poly formulas would also do if that’s what you like. I think a waterborne might also work , if liquor was all it had to face. But such shelves may also get cleaned with some strong alkaline cleaners, and that might damage a waterborne.

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