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Forum topic by Charlie posted 06-22-2012 11:21 AM 1509 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2012 11:21 AM

I have some 3/4 inch pine boards to be used as shelving in some pantry cabinets. Trying to figure out what’s best to finish them with. I have water based poly. I have lacquer, and I have waterlox.
My concern is sap bleeding through. The Waterlox just takes too long to dry and these are just shelves. I’ve seen sap bleed through lacquer. Not pretty. Will the water-based poly work?

Or should I run out and get some shellac?
If I go buy shellac, I’m just getting a small can and using it for these shelves. I don’t want to get into mixing flakes right now. I want to have shellac in my finishing arsenal, but for right now, a small can will get this done and I can move on to other stuff.

Will the poly work (I already have it) or should I go get shellac?


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#1 posted 06-22-2012 12:14 PM


Shellac is my choice to seal knots in pine. Rattle can will work. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 12:04 AM

Wow. I had forgotten how much I like shellac. I’ve mentioned the car accident I was in and how it has resulted in “holes in my memory”. I was out in my shop thinking about doing the pine shelves with shellac and ….. couldn’t remember how to mix it, couldn’t remember what I used to apply it, but I knew I had used it in the past. It’s a weird feeling.

Anyways…. I realize it has some limitations in terms of where to use it (and I remember those!), but it goes on nice, doesn’t have overpowering fumes, and dries so fast you better not turn away to sneeze! hehehehe…

Makes me want to use it more. And I probably will…..

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