Cellulose Varnish + Shellac...compatible?

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Forum topic by bluekingfisher posted 01-26-2012 12:09 PM 1711 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2012 12:09 PM

Morning all,

I am about to build a chimneyl cabinet for the good lady. I have some very old panels of reclaimed English oak which I intend to use for the main carcase. I don’t quite have enough long lengths of the old timber for the cabinet face frame so I will have to use some new kiln dried American oak (as this is what I have in my ws)

In order to tie it all in, I will stain it, partly to match the other furniture but also to disguise the variance in the wood species.

Here is my dilemma fellahs, I was going to use meth based shellac as a sealer prior to staining, colour with a spirit based stain (this I think is OK?) My intended top coats will be a multiple coats of thinned down varnish which is cellulose based. Will the cellulose varnish top coats react with the math based shellac or stain?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated .

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#1 posted 01-26-2012 07:03 PM

‘Ello, ‘Ello, ‘Ello

Just saw that you are in Cambridge, when you say “spirit” based stain, do you mean COLRON?

That stuff melts plastic so I don’t know what it would do a shellac sealer.

I would go the waterbased route, look at, Their w/b stains are mixable and can be diluted which will give you better control for colour matching. The Fiddes Hardwax Oil my be worth a look too.

Cellulose won’t have any effect on w/b stain. Are you applying the topcoat by brush? If you are I’d suggest polyurethane.

Of course, it goes without saying, whatever you do, try it on a test piece first.

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 11:42 PM

Steve, Remers, thanks for the info fellahs, I’ll look at the water based route as you both appear to favour that way of staining.

Remers, no the stain is not COLRON, I bought a gallon can of “medium oak” from ebay, I’ve tested it on a few raw scraps to establish it’s colour, it seems OK and I liked the colour but I’ll have a look at the web site you recommend

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