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Forum topic by End_Grain posted 11-27-2009 03:01 PM 957 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2009 03:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak finishing

There has been a few recent threads on shellac which re-introduced me to this finish. Workbenches generally do not get an elaborate finish but since this was an available unfinished project, it became my guinea pig for my shellac learning curve. Take a look at about the center of the oak facing board and there is a blotch. First coat was clear followed by 2 coats of amber. The blotch is located right under where I was holding the can above the bench top and is the result of drips from the can. When I stepped away from the bench, I saw what had had happened but it was already tacky dry. I figured, No problem, just rework that area with a bit more shellac and it will blend in. But you can see the results. Everything seemed to lift off right down to the clear. The clear is supposedly dewaxed. Not a big problem since it is on the workbench. So what is your take on this?


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#1 posted 11-27-2009 07:24 PM

we do a light wet sanding between coats – 400-800-1000 with water and a touch of dish soap , followed by a buffing with a dry soft cloth – lots of work but it comes out like glass

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#2 posted 11-29-2009 04:57 PM

Sounds like the finish was too thick and not completely cured when you tried to blend it in. Maybe sanding it back down and starting over will be the best bet.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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