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Forum topic by toyguy posted 01-24-2010 06:31 PM 3922 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2010 06:31 PM

Looking for reviews and or comments on the Shellawax cream or liquids products.

For that matter…...... I would be interested in any fast curing finish that can be used in wood turning. I am fairly new to turning, and I have used mostly wipe-on products, but I am looking for something that is a lot faster. This shellawax from Australia sounds like it would be the ticket…..

Any advise from the LumberJocks ???

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 01-24-2010 06:44 PM

it depends on the use of the object you will be using… i’ve found that if something is going to be handled often, that Shellawax isn’t the best finish to consider. I’ve used it on pens and the finish had completely worn off within a week or two. When it is fresh off the lathe it looks outstanding though.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 06:56 PM

That’s interesting interpim because I’ve had just the opposite result. I’ve got a couple pens I’ve used daily for months with no appreciable wear. I’m rather pleased with it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 01-24-2010 06:56 PM

For a quick finish I have used spray Laquer and have had good results for my projects and it dries very fast. I have also used Shellac that dries fast too. Regarding a wax finish I have used Renaissance and have had good results with that as well. I find that it all depends on the look that I am wanting and the size of the project, I tend to stay away from a finish that take over a hour or so to dry. Just personal preferance….

‘The Sedco Kid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 06:58 PM

Shellawax is good, and I like it. I like my homemade plain shellac mixed with carnuba wax the best though.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#5 posted 01-24-2010 07:11 PM

On smaller things like the pens, it works great. I have not had the problems with the finish wearing out. I use a product called “EEE” polish cleaner first and then the Paste Shellawax. I also do not over sand with the higher grits. You can burnish the wood so that it doen’t take the finish so well. I have noted that burnished woods allow the finish to slide over and not sink in as well.

I have done a few small bowls with it on the lathe and had limited sucess. The grainer the wood and the larger it is, the less the wax finishes can work. I have watched turners on u-tube use pure bees wax and that seemed to build, but my experence with it wasn’t what I wanted.

You might try going to a can aresol finish. A great brand is a german finishing company that sells out of Pittsburg. Take a look at this link for an example:

I hope others have more and better answers to your question, I would also like to know. I am spoiled due to working with conversion varnish at work each day, so I do a lot of my turnings there on break…...

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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