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Howie

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666 days ago

I’ve been using Zinser dewaxed full strenght as a sealer. The directions say to cut it by 25%. Is that really necessary? I’m using it on poplar for a sanding sealer.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 666 days ago

I’m not that familiar with Shellac, but I have never cut it when I did use it.

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#2 posted 666 days ago

Not necessary if you are using it as a sealer. But if you are using it as a washcoat, I’d dilute it down by a half.

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#3 posted 666 days ago

If you mean the sealcoat, I use that a lot and never thin at all.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 666 days ago

I would thin it to about a 1-2lb cut for a sealer with DNA…

You could probably add 1/3 more of DNA and it would work great for a sealer…

I don’t think I’d use it straight out of the can unthinned for a sealer… you’d be wasting shellac and I think you’d be sanding more too…

With a thinner cut, it would seal better, dry faster, and wouldn’t require as much sanding.

IMHO

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 666 days ago

Two applications of 1lb cut of dewaxed shellac, would be more effective. Your want better penetration to help control blotching on poplar.

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NiteWalker

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#6 posted 665 days ago

FWIW, sealcoat is a 2lb cut.
I’ve never had issues with drying time, sealing or sanding.

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Earlextech

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#7 posted 665 days ago

I always cut Sealcoat 50/50 with DNA.

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RogerM

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#8 posted 665 days ago

I also cut Seal coat at least 50% when using as a sealer and sometimes as much as 75% for hard closed grain woods.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 665 days ago

I was only 17% OFF!

50/50 sounds good!

I think I remember that Scott Phllipps does 50/50…

It isn’t super critical… but it sounds like you should be thinning it…

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