Cutting procedure for finish. Help me understand

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Forum topic by juicegoose posted 02-17-2010 04:56 PM 1212 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2010 04:56 PM

I hear allot of folks talking about 1 lb cuts and 2 lb cuts of finish but what the heck does all that mean. Whats the math behind it and how does one know what the cut is out of the can? Thanks guys

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#1 posted 02-17-2010 05:08 PM

It refers to the ratio of alchohol to shellac. You probably won’t have to worry about the cut unless you are mixing your own from shellac flakes.

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#2 posted 02-17-2010 05:19 PM

I’m usually pretty savy at math type situations but Barry you straight went straight over my head. I’m talking FL36 high.

So the process of cutting the shellac is to make it thinner obviously. Why would you want to make it thinner or not?

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 08:34 PM

Juicegoose, cutting shellac is really dependent upon how you want to use it. A three pound cut is pretty hard to get a good finish with- especially if you are brushing or padding it on. A two pound cut flows on much easier.

Another reason to cut it is to tailor it for a specific use. A 1/2 to 1 pound cut, for example, could be used as a sizing application prior to staining for woods that are prone to blotching- pine, poplar for example. A two pound cut makes a good seal coat to prevent stain lift off or bleed into the finish coat. And I have used a two pound cut to build a finish as well.

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