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Forum topic by Mainiac Matt posted 05-27-2012 11:09 PM 1240 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mainiac Matt

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05-27-2012 11:09 PM

1. Brush (bristle or poly fiber)?

2. Reg. Spray gun?

3. HVLP?

4. Rattle can?

5. Other?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 11:40 PM

Ill be watching this one. Ive read beaver hair brushes but also have heard you can wipe it on but id like to hear more for sure

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 11:42 PM

If you can’t spray it a Taklon brush is tops in my experience.

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#3 posted 05-27-2012 11:53 PM

I always pad mine on with a cotton pad.

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#4 posted 05-28-2012 12:01 AM

I use foam brush for nooks and crannies, and a soft cloth for larger runs. I’ve never tried it in my sprayer.

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#5 posted 05-28-2012 12:09 AM

I always spray it. With a good gun it comes out great with no drips or runs.

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#6 posted 05-28-2012 01:31 AM

I usually pad it. Spraying is faster if you’re doing a lot of work
but of course you have to clean the equipment. In a pinch,
padding shellac is a skill worth learning.

I wear a rubber glove and use a tampon technique of cutting
two squares of t-shirt material and folding one up and wrapping
the other around it like a “ghost”, holding it together with
my hand. As the shellac absorbs into the tampon it behaves
differently and starts to have a sort of polishing effect. If
it starts to grab add more shellac or add a few drops of olive
oil. The oil will come up to the surface as the shellac dries
and can be spirited off. This is basic french polishing but to
some extent you can wipe it on like a wiping varnish with
the pad. You have to work fast to minimize lap marks. These
are polished out in real french polishing but for a quicky
job you can just work fast and accept the lap marks.

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#7 posted 05-28-2012 01:36 AM

Spray unless it’s a small project then use a rattle can or wipe or brush .

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 05-28-2012 02:58 AM

Thanks for the replies…. I should have prefaced the question…. I’m not using the shellac as a final French polished finish, but rather as a sealer prior to a stain and varnish.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#9 posted 05-28-2012 03:19 AM

Spraying is the way to go for sealer IMHO.
I use it in the same applications as you described.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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