Lubricant for wet sanding shellac with micro-mesh

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Forum topic by Rickterscale posted 10-18-2012 04:20 PM 2505 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2012 04:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shellac wet sanding rubbing out micro-mesh

I’ve got a project on which I’m applying a shellac finish. I bought some micro-mesh sanding disks to smooth and buff/rub it out to a gloss finish. In my experience dry sanding shellac always clogs the sand paper, and I don’t want to clog the pricey micro-mesh, so I thought I’d wet sand. But what do you use for the lube? I’ve read that mineral spirits will cause separation of the padded backing from the micro-mesh sanding paper. So what to use? Is soapy water okay to use on shellac? Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 10-19-2012 02:25 AM

I sand shellac with Abranet discs all the time with no lube and haven’t had problems with clogging provided the shellac is well cured (dry). I do this by hand, not with a ROS. I usually stop at 600 grit so can’t comment on finer grits.

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#2 posted 08-21-2014 01:44 AM

Rickterscale, I have the same question on using the micro-mesh. What did you end up using as a lubricant?

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#3 posted 08-21-2014 01:54 AM

I use Behlens wool lube on my lacquer finishes with the micro mesh and to gfadvm’s point, it needs to be properly cured first.

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