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Forum topic by Gerald Thompson posted 02-10-2016 12:07 AM 595 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gerald Thompson

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02-10-2016 12:07 AM

I saw some walnut finished with button lac. It looked great. I have heard that the clarity is not great. I know it is waxed and I would want to fill the grain with the shellac. That is spray on a lite coat, sand it back and keep it up until the grain is filled then apply the shellac.
Any advice would be appreciated.

-- Jerry


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conifur

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#1 posted 02-10-2016 12:44 AM

What was waxed, the piece after finishing or the Shellac that was used? Shellac is very clear not cloudy. Or are you confusing clarity with color tone?

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#2 posted 02-10-2016 01:46 AM

button lac is the least refined shellac so it is darker and yes, not as clear as blonde shellac.

-- PJ

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#3 posted 02-10-2016 01:50 AM

I picked up on the clarity issue from a site I do not recall. I had wondered if I used the Button lac to fill the grain and then applied it as the finish if it would not be clear enough to show the walnuts beauty.
I think I will just order some up and have a go on a scrap piece and see how it looks.
All of the shellac would be button lac and it is waxed.

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 02-10-2016 01:58 AM

Lots of info on the internet, I have not used button lac but regularly use orange or blonde shellac depending on how much amber I want. Button lac is heated and pressed in pucks and said to be a tougher finish.

http://www.woodfinishsupply.com/ShellacFlake.html

http://www.shellac.net/Shellac_ordering_list.html

http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier/Data/Materials/Shellac/shellac.html

http://wellermart.com/products/kusmi-1-button-lac-highest-quality-available-antique-restoration-wellermart

-- PJ

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#5 posted 02-10-2016 02:44 AM

Do some reading here
http://www.shellacshack.com/

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 04:37 PM

Transtint dye can be added to waxed or dewaxed shellac to get any color desired. Shellac is not a great grain filler. takes lots of coats. You might want to try one of the clear grain fillers.

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