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Forum topic by grub32 posted 03-04-2012 at 07:34 AM 2393 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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grub32

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03-04-2012 at 07:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shellac

I ran out of lacquer and I have a quart of Shellac from Home Depot that is clear. Does anyone have any tips to spraying this finish? Does it require thinning? Light Coats and build?

Thanks,

Grub

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Bill White

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 at 07:47 AM

Are ya gonna substitute shellac for lacquer? How old is the shellac? It will degrade over time and won’t properly dry.
Shellac can be sprayed. I will use a 2# cut for spraying. Thin with denatured alcohol. Ligh coats and sand between coats.
Ya didn’t say what kind of project. Shellac won’t be the best finish for some surfaces they will see hard use.
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Bill

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 at 10:14 AM

I spray zinsser sealcoat (dewaxed shellac) all the time. No thinning, and thin coats work best. If it’s the waxy stuff (labeled as “shellac”) I’m not 100% sure on that.

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#3 posted 03-04-2012 at 07:37 PM

I love to use shellac for finishing…though I prefer lacquer. And I’ve sprayed both, my preferred method. Brushing just lets it dry to quickly and it can get streaked. I have better control with the spray gun. It’s not a secret- you just need to be sure that you are laying a wet coat, without runs. Just takes a little practice, and good lighting.

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 at 02:32 PM

Raking lighting will help a lot.

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