|Review by Purrmaster||posted 10-11-2012 08:08 AM||2790 views||0 times favorited||31 comments|
I got this stuff after I saw that the finishing test counter at Rockler had a bottle of this. I was using shellac for the first time so I got this denatured alcohol instead of the “regular” denatured alcohol. I was hoping it might have a bit less toxicity.
After sticking my shellac flakes in (2 oz of shellac) and measuring out 6 ounces of alcohol I let the jar sit overnight. And basically nothing happened. So I shake and stir and it makes no difference. I even put the jar in some hot water. Nothing. I end up with a gloopy mass of shellac at the bottom of the jar.
After about 2 weeks the shellac finally dissolved fully. I figured I screwed something up. So for my next batch (same amounts of shellac and alcohol) I ground up the shellac flakes in the blender to a fine powder. I measured out the alcohol and let it sit.
It’s been 3-4 days now and the shellac is not dissolving any faster than the last batch. I have a gloopy mass that I can’t use.
For comparison, on my third batch of shellac I got Klean Strip’s regular SLX denatured alcohol. In about a day the shellac is fully dissolved. I didn’t even grind up the flakes.
Bottom line: This “Green” stuff doesn’t work well for shellac. I would have given it just one star but the shellac does eventually dissolve. The Green stuff smells just as bad as it’s SLX counterpart so I doubt it’s any less toxic.