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10-26-2012 09:02 AM

I stopped in at Rockler today. I picked up one of their 2 oz bags of shellac flakes (I want to try the “garnet” ones). And one of the employees showed me a memo they had gotten that Rockler stores were no longer going to sell shellac. Other than Zinsser in a can. The memo said that Rockler was having a really hard time getting shellac and that it was disappearing from the market.

Just thought I’d share the news. I hope this doesn’t mean there’s some kind of shellac shortage and that shellac will become hard to find and more expensive.


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#1 posted 10-26-2012 10:33 AM

I doubt shellac is disappearing from the market. Maybe rockler’s market, but not in general.

A good source for shellac.

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

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#2 posted 10-26-2012 11:41 AM

The past two years have seen very poor lac harvests, especially this past one. Should bounce back.

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#3 posted 10-26-2012 09:19 PM

Yep, it’s the lac harvests from what I understand too. I was picking up paint at the local lumber/hardware store here a couple weeks ago and the guy there said prices would probably be close to double within the year because of the shortage. He keeps himself fairly educated on all things having to do with painting and finishing from what I can tell, so I will assume he knows what he’s talking about.

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#4 posted 07-25-2015 10:07 AM

There is no Shellac Shortage. The problem is that they can no longer get away with selling a 1/2 LB for $45.00. The best quality shellac with the best prices is at http://wellermart.com/ Check it out.

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#5 posted 07-25-2015 11:14 AM

“Other than Zinsser in a can”

For myself and other newbies here, it would be great to hear more about how buying shellac as flakes, and different “qualities” of flakey shellac changes your finish on your project. Is it mostly about color? Or about “depth”, or sheen or something else?

Awhile back I asked for suggestions on finishing maple to keep it really light in color and still bring out the grain. Several people suggested shellac. I was pleased with the results using “Zinsser in a can”. Wondering what I can look forward to…

...once the lac fields of Tasmania recover from the recent drought.

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#6 posted 07-25-2015 11:24 AM

My curiosity got the best of me. Looked it up on wikipedia…

“Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand.”

huh, who knew?

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#7 posted 07-25-2015 11:58 AM


There is no Shellac Shortage. The problem is that they can no longer get away with selling a 1/2 LB for $45.00. The best quality shellac with the best prices is at http://wellermart.com/ Check it out.

- drake8595

Wow! I had never heard of them…a pound of Super Blonde for $6! Thanks….cheap shipping as well.

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#8 posted 07-25-2015 01:29 PM

For myself and other newbies here, it would be great to hear more about how buying shellac as flakes, and different “qualities” of flakey shellac changes your finish on your project. Is it mostly about color? Or about “depth”, or sheen or something else?

The problem w/ shellac in the can is that Zinsser Seal Coat is the only shellac product that is de-waxed. The other Zinsser shellac products are not de-waxed. I believe Seal Coat is a one pound cut, so if you want shellac in another concentration and you want de-waxed shellac, you are going to have to mix it yourself. Also many more colors are available in flake form. Using de-waxed shellac is essential if you using it as an undercoat in conjunction w/ other finishes.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 07-25-2015 02:56 PM

Seal Coat is actually a 2# cut. The other versions of Zinsser shellac are 3# cuts.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#10 posted 07-25-2015 07:00 PM



My curiosity got the best of me. Looked it up on wikipedia…

“Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand.”

huh, who knew?

Well of course. If it was the male bugs we’d be calling it Hellac.

- JeffP


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#11 posted 07-25-2015 09:30 PM

I don’t know how fast that market/condition/supplies change but here’s and tricycle form last year.

http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/custom-woodworking/wood-finishing/Shellac-is-Back-as-Wood-Finish-251295541.html

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#12 posted 07-25-2015 09:35 PM

A brief but ery interesting video on making shellac

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQcQ0yuekZ0

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#13 posted 07-25-2015 10:41 PM


There is no Shellac Shortage. The problem is that they can no longer get away with selling a 1/2 LB for $45.00. The best quality shellac with the best prices is at http://wellermart.com/ Check it out.

- drake8595

Wow! I had never heard of them…a pound of Super Blonde for $6! Thanks….cheap shipping as well.

- Fred Hargis

When I look at that web site, I see $26, not $6 per pound. Just sayin’

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#14 posted 07-26-2015 01:55 AM

My source is Shellac Shack, no problem getting any from them.
Cheaper then Rockler anyway.

http://www.shellacshack.com/purchase-shellac-flakes.html

http://www.rockler.com/liberon-blonde-dewaxed-shellac-flakes-250g

Dave

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#15 posted 07-26-2015 01:59 AM

I think pre-mixed shellac is easier to use anyways. Kind of like boiling your own hide glue… you could, but why?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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