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Forum topic by Jim Dawson posted 08-08-2017 02:37 AM 1079 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Dawson

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08-08-2017 02:37 AM

I’m putting Sealcoat dewaxed shellac over Minwax oil based stain, how long does the stain have to dry before applying the shellac? Is overnight long enough? I’m then going to put water based poly as a top coat. According to the Sealcoat label (cryptic) I only have to wait a couple hours for the shellac to dry before the poly. Is that long enough?
I’m going to spray everything except the stain.

I’m new to finishing so pardon the novice questions.

Thanks,
Jim


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#1 posted 08-08-2017 04:15 AM

I rarely stain anymore, when I do I usually give it 5-7 days to dry.

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#2 posted 08-08-2017 04:24 AM

Sounds good to me. You can tell a lot by feel, but those times sound right. I’ll hold off preaching about my dislike for waterborne poly…lol. The only issue you can run into is if you want to do any light sanding on the shellac. It needs to be good and hard, so depending on the environment you’re in, you might need more than a couple of hours. Here in Tucson, it’s ready in about 10 minutes. Again, you can tell by touching it.

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