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Forum topic by walnutnut posted 08-05-2015 02:38 PM 722 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2015 02:38 PM

I am French Polishing an ash box – it is looking great except for a spot that absolutely is not taking the shellac. I have sanded this spot with 600 grit, and re-applied still will not take. What the heck??

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 02:43 PM

Try using using something 220 or less to sand it?

600 is pretty fine and can leave it too smooth for finishes to adhere.

I’ve actually been going as low as 150 grit and not having any problems.

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 12:01 AM

“not taking the shellac”? Or is it soaking in as fast as you apply it?

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 04:11 PM

A picture would help.

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#4 posted 08-06-2015 04:48 PM

If it’s soaking it up, you could be in for a long process if you’re only applying the shellac by French polishing. There’s so little shellac there, it’ll take a while to seal/fill in. You could apply some shellac with a brush, then sand the areas back, then polish. The only time I’ve done a French polish was on maple, and I had a couple spots like that. I sealed them up with shellac, sanded back, then polished. I don’t think I’ll do it again, too much time/effort, and my kids are going to ruin the finish anyways.

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#5 posted 08-06-2015 07:44 PM

I don’t think that the wood is soaking up the shellac – the wood has been prepped using shellac and pumice stone – so all of the grain is filled in this location. Get a photo later.

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