Shellac on top of BLO for finishing?

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Forum topic by MickInZanesville posted 12-01-2009 10:44 PM 1088 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2009 10:44 PM

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This is the first time I am using BLO and not sure if I want to shellac or use a good paste wax as the final step. Any problems with shellac and BLO? I have a chest of drawers of the same era (1830’s) with its original finish (which I believe is shellac but am not positive) and I would like to finish the clock to have as rich and deep lustre as the chest does now. So—suggestions?

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 11:02 PM

Mick, there is no problem with using shellac over BLO. This is part of my normal finishing routine. If you are going to use another topcoat over the shellac just make sure you use a dewaxed shellace. But shellac will also work well as a topcoat too.

If you want to check to see if the finish on the chest of drawers is shellac wipe an inconspicuous spot with denatured alcohol. If the finish is shellac it will soften and dissolve. Denatured alcohol will not affect polyurethane or lacquer finishes.

Shellac can produce a deep luster as you are describing.

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