|Forum topic by dryhter||posted 1733 days ago||4173 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
1733 days ago
I noticed a few recent posts about shellac. One of my favorite finishes and just an all round good multi-tasker in the shop. I normally clean out my brushes and use that for a spit coat(pre-stain conditioner or end grain sealer).
I decided to try something I heard about somewhere.
I had heard that Ammonia will clean shellac.
So I stuck the dried brush( an old white china bristle oil brush)in a one lb coffee can with about 1/2 inch of ammonia, put a small cut in the lid so the handle would stick out and the fumes would stay contained.
I was amazed( guess simple things amaze me). Ammonia is cheap, real cheap compared to alcohol and it did a superior job. The bristles were glossy clean with no sign of stiffness from residual shellac. And clean-up was a breeze just pour the ammonia down the sink.
Try it the next time you use shellac and you will be amazed too.
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