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Forum topic by yoitsscholzy posted 04-05-2017 03:14 PM 543 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-05-2017 03:14 PM

I’m working on a project for my church that’s a little complicated and I need some finishing advice. I’m building portable pallet walls that will be used as a staging backdrop. I have some old pallets that are varying colors, wood types, and ages. I’m wanting somewhat dramatic coloration, as the walls will be reflecting colored light. I hope that makes sense.

My thought (and if this is a terrible idea, please forgive my ignorance, I’m new to this…) is to use Zinnser Amber Shellac to seal the wood after a light sanding, and to darken up the pine quite a bit. Then some kind of an oil finish (no poly on the Zinnser, correct?) like a Danish oil, and a dark glaze on top of that to accentuate the natural roughness of the pallet wood.

I don’t have a ton of time, and this is all new to me, so I need something fairly easy to do. I’ve done a lot with shellac and varnish in the past, but never anything as complicated as this, and I’ve never used glaze at all.

Any suggestions and help would really be appreciated!

-- Andrew

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#1 posted 04-05-2017 09:02 PM

Wont shellac leave a sheen? I think that would take away from the natural roughness. I would use tung oil with a clear matte polyurethane.

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#2 posted 04-05-2017 11:01 PM

I seen a tiny home builder on tv (deeks mayb was the name) that used watered down paint. Turned out good

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#3 posted 04-05-2017 11:12 PM

If you don’t have a lot of time and have a neighbor you don’t like that has a plainer you can try to talk him into planning them fo you tha will give you a fast smooth surface.Make sure you tell him you have all the nails out.(he he he)

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