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Forum topic by DrDirt posted 07-18-2011 09:50 PM 1244 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2011 09:50 PM

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Found an interesting mess in my cabinet this weekend. Turns out the lid on my Bullseye Sealcoat was not completely sealed. It seems the shellac refluxed in the heat and then condensed in the cabinet – there is no leak in the can only the lid not seated, but the can is completely empty and there is a big puddle of shellac gluing down the cans of stain and such.
Anyone else have something like this happen? Is it like a glass of booze where you can watch the alcohol reflux on the sides, so it “Pumped” itself dry?

Temps here have been 105-108, I only kick on the AC window unit when I am working. This is new to me in the 7 years of the shop being in the 1 car garage.

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 09:54 PM

Sorry to hear of your leak ,and no it hasen’t happened to me yet but I live in constant disdain at the poisbility now you’ve brought it to my attention so thanks LOL seriously thats a bummer .Can you clean it or is it for the garbage pail.? Alistair

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 10:34 PM

Never heard of it but shellac is dissolved in alcohol so it makes sense
that it could. Weird.

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 11:12 PM

Happened to me also and it made a hell of a mess. My shop goes from zero to over 100 degrees in the course of a year. After trying alcohol to dissolve it I gave up and just rough sanded the spot it left on the metal shelf.

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 11:55 PM

‘Thanks guys – also good to hear I am not the only one with a Magic cabinet in the shop.
I would originally have suspected that if the lid wasn’t sealed well – just the alcohol would evaporate and leave the shellac resin at the bottom of the can – but what a mess – looks like honey but sticks like roofing tar :-0

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#5 posted 07-23-2011 09:56 PM

Funny, same thing happened to me this week. Was sharpening a skew and saw shellac dripping down the wall below the cabinet where I store finishes, etc. Opened the cabinet, everything a mess. 1/4 of a can of DNA later and all is well, and that cabinet shelf is some kind of pretty…........


PS And this is in my basement, so no temperature extremes….....

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#6 posted 07-28-2011 10:39 PM

Global warming!?

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