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mpmitche

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05-08-2010 04:53 AM

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I have been reading about using shellac and the french polish technique. I started padding some shellac today and soon found that the pad was sticking. I went ahead and used a little olive oil like I have read about to keep it from sticking. I have a couple questions, when I work on it again what do I have to do to take the oil off? I have read that I need to wipe it off with naptha and also that just a towel will work. If anyone could quide me I would appreciate it. My second question is when do I know that I have a thick enough finish on the project?

-- Mike, Western New York


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#1 posted 05-08-2010 04:02 PM

Check out “Steve’s guitar building” set on You Tube. He has a series near the end on his French polishing technique that I am going by for my guitar build.

-- my blog: http://watertoneworkshop.blogspot.ca/ my You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA?view_as=subscriber

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#2 posted 05-08-2010 04:07 PM

the only way to know how you have a thick enough finnish is every once in awhile clean it naptha and check what you have. If you do a search in google about this you will et alot of different info on it. Sorry to send you somewhere else for info this is what i did when there was no LJ around to help. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 05-08-2010 09:35 PM

I guess i don’t understand tha naptha thing. My guess is that it emulsifies the oil but that the shellac is not soluable in it? Is this correct? Are there other things that work in the same way? It looks like Steve just uses a paper towel no naptha.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 05:10 PM

I did not use naptha, or anything else. I have not got to the final coats yet, or “spiriting off” where you do not use any oil as lube. I am getting a good shine and build with Steves method. I am kinda doing things out of order as the build is taking a long time and I wanted to protect the wood. I still have a bit of wood work to do. Still, the grain filled nicely on the piece of ash I am using and a deep shine is coming up. I have gone through a few wet sandings with oil and 800 grt and built more coats on top. Nice thing about the method is that it is easy to touch up if it gets dinged.

-- my blog: http://watertoneworkshop.blogspot.ca/ my You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA?view_as=subscriber

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#5 posted 05-09-2010 05:39 PM

Thanks for the tips Jim, Steve’s video’s were a great help as well. I don’t have any naptha on hand and haven’t been using it so I guess I don’t need it. Seems to be working ok without it. The white cedar I am working on looks good and I didn’t use the pumice on it it seemed like it didn’t need it. The white oak has such an open grain that I think my next step is to buy some pumice and work that into the oak.

-- Mike, Western New York

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