What can I apply on top of Waxed Shellac to seal from the elements

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Forum topic by David posted 04-15-2010 03:20 PM 1152 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2010 03:20 PM

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Hi – I posted an earlier forum about using Zissners shellac (which is NOT de-waxed) and need some help on figuring out what to apply as a sealant coat on top of the shellac to keep out water. Anybody have any suggestions? This is a plant stand that will take some abuse.


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#1 posted 04-15-2010 03:42 PM

after regular shellac, put on dewaxed shellac, then anything you want like polyeurethane. It has worked so far on one of my projects.

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#2 posted 04-15-2010 03:51 PM

Despite the hue and cry of Internet Experts, oil-based varnishes that are dissolved in mineral spirits or turpentine, will adhere to a non-dewaxed shellac foundation layer. There really isn’t much wax in most commercial brands of non-dewaxed shellac. If you are concerned, wipe down the dried shellac with mineral spirits before applying the top coat.

Water-based varnishes on top of non-dewaxed shellac is not a good idea.

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