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Forum topic by bilyo posted 11-20-2017 10:55 PM 543 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bilyo

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11-20-2017 10:55 PM

For perhaps the past year or more, I have not been able to buy quarts of Zinnser’s Seal Coat at local hardware stores or home centers. They only carry the finish coat which is not de-waxed. Is it an acceptable alternative to de-wax the finish material by letting the wax settle and decant the shellac off the top? Is there then a use for the remaining material in the bottom 1” or so of the can?


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#1 posted 11-20-2017 11:33 PM

Have you tried Amazon?

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#2 posted 11-20-2017 11:36 PM

Same problem locally. Readily available from Amazon and such places.

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#3 posted 11-21-2017 03:25 AM

Understood. I know it can always be ordered. However, I would like to know if the decanted finish is a good alternative if I need some the same day.

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#4 posted 11-21-2017 03:57 AM

I was curious and searched. According to this link, let it sit undisturbed for a minimum of 24 hours to let the wax settle to the bottom and then carefully pour the clear shellac from the top through a funnell with a coffee filter or paint filter. Any wax you accidentally disturb and pour usually gets trapped in the filter.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 11-21-2017 03:59 AM


Understood. I know it can always be ordered. However, I would like to know if the decanted finish is a good alternative if I need some the same day.

- bilyo

I found this. The article says it’s not a one-day process, but the time factor is the settling of the wax. Anyway, he’s using a coffee filter to ensure no wax in the shellac.

Edit: LOL, same link as Lazyman. Hey, if you’re so darned lazy, how did you do that so quick?

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#6 posted 11-21-2017 04:03 AM


Edit: LOL, same link as Lazyman. Hey, if you re so darned lazy, how did you do that so quick?

- Rich

Hah! I guess I found a better way.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 11-21-2017 04:08 AM


Hah! I guess I found a better way.

- Lazyman

I’ve always appreciated your signature. In engineering school, my statics professor was an old guy, just a couple of years from retirement, who looked at you over his glasses and talked like Jimmy Stewart. He always said “engineers are lazy,” for the very reason you say.

But in this case, I think you just typed faster.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#8 posted 11-21-2017 04:12 AM

My other favorite quote is from Albert Einstein. Something like: Things should be as simple as possible but never simpler.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 11-21-2017 05:34 AM

Home Depot still has it online and will ship it to your store, or you home, for free

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#10 posted 11-21-2017 05:40 AM

I use to buy it all the time but is dried up here too. Last I bought (about 8 month ago) had to order from ACE hardware. For whatever reason they could only get it in quarts.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#11 posted 11-21-2017 05:49 AM

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#12 posted 11-22-2017 12:15 PM

Menard’s keeps sealers in a different area than they have the shellac.

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#13 posted 11-22-2017 01:33 PM

Paint filters will not filter out the wax. I haven’t tried coffee filters. I might have to try that and see if it works. Home depot carries the sealer hard to find because thy seem to display more of the finish coat.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#14 posted 11-22-2017 02:00 PM



Paint filters will not filter out the wax. I haven t tried coffee filters. I might have to try that and see if it works. Home depot carries the sealer hard to find because thy seem to display more of the finish coat.

- johnstoneb

Paint filter will work if you cool it in the freezer for a little while before you pour it but it is best to avoid pouring the wax in the bottom through the filter. The filter is just to catch the little bit that sneaks by.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#15 posted 11-22-2017 06:23 PM

Decanting it will work, you may not get 100%...but it will be close enough that you should experience no problems.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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