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509 days ago
I’ve recently began working with shellac. And while I’ve been able to achieve a finish that is pretty smooth to the touch but still hazy and not all that glossy.
I’ve tried the following so far: FFFF pumice, rottenstone, wet or dry sandpaper (up to 2,500 grit), 3M micro finishing film, and an automotive polishing compound. With the pumice and rottenstone I’ve used paraffin oil and mineral oil as lubricants. I’ve tried a felt pad, old t-shirt, cotton rags, and muslin. I’ve also tried Minwax finishing paste wax and that seemed to scratch it as well.
None of this has worked so far. I can still see the scratches in the shellac in the right light and it’s more satin than glossy.
So I’m looking for how to get it to a very glossy mirror finish.
I’ve run into a couple of ideas but I wanted to solicit feedback and suggestions.
First, I could get micro mesh up to 12,000 grit. After using the 2,500 grit sandpaper I’d probably switch to 4,000 grit micro mesh and go up through the grits to 12,000. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this process.
I try using different car polishing compounds. The kind I used was, I think, too rough. It was Turtlewax premium (silicone free) polishing compound. I’ve read about people using certain Meguiar’s products such as show car glaze and Scratch-X.
So how do you folks get to a really high gloss on shellac? What technique or products do I need?
What I’m trying to end up with is a very high gloss finish that is kind of mirror like. I’ve heard this is possible with shellac.
The shellac I’m using is Rockler blonde shellac (de-waxed). At the moment, a 3 pound cut.