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Forum topic by ChuckV posted 08-28-2010 03:46 AM 1885 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2010 03:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing shellac pine

Last winter I made this pine pie safe. i finished it with a mix of amber and clear shellac. I used three parts amber to two parts clear.

This summer, I made another pie safe using the same pile of excess shiplap siding from when we had our barn resided. I mixed the shellac in the same proportions. But, this time, it is more of a brown color and less orange. That is fine, but I am wondering what could have caused the difference. I used the same container of amber shellac. The only difference is that I used a new container of clear shellac. Could it be some difference in the clear shellac that caused the difference in the tint of the mixture? That seems strange.

I took some pictures, but they do not really show the difference very well.

Here is the first one:

Here is the second one:

Thank you.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#1 posted 08-28-2010 04:25 AM

is it the same actual amber shellac used on the first piece? I think shellac ages, which might explain the more brown tone it now has compared to several months ago.

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#2 posted 08-28-2010 02:16 PM

Yes, it is the exact same can of amber shellac that I used a few months ago. I suppose that could be the reason. However, it was a new can when I did the first piece, and I have used amber shellac much older than that (without any mixing with clear) and I never noticed a change in color.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#3 posted 08-28-2010 02:52 PM

If you really want to know, you could always try buying another small can of the amber and test it on a sample next to a sample of the older can. If not, you could try the same with the clear to see if there’s a difference can to can. In my area, the Ace hardware stores sell a very small size for just a few $$.

Any possibility it’s a different sanding grit or application technique this time?

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#4 posted 08-28-2010 03:12 PM

Thanks for the ideas.

Luckily my “customer”, my wonderful wife, is very understanding of the “subtle and unique nuances of tone inherent in fine hand-applied finishes” :-). Actually, this morning, under natural light, they look more similar than they did last night under the compact fluorescent bulbs.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#5 posted 08-31-2010 07:55 AM

Shellac has an expired date, your shellac could be already not in a good condition.
In my opinion it is better if you use the new shellac, since if there is any change in physically looked it is strongly suspected that the material is already damaged.

Good luck



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