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Jay Nolet

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614 days ago

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Hello all! I had a problem with getting a smooth finish from shellac, so after three coats I sanded smoothed and put acouple of coats of oil based poly. Looks like it came out fine. Is there anything I need to know about?

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 614 days ago

It pays to use dewaxed shellac under anything polyurethane. You may not have a problem if it was waxy shellac, but no sense in taking any risks. Polyurethane varnish doesn’t adhere as well as non-poly formulas, and things like the wax in shellac has been known to cause problems. If your shellac was waxy, nothing to do now but watch. But there’s also a chance you won’t see any issues.

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#2 posted 614 days ago

I just hope ya used dewaxed shellac. If not, the poly will not adhere.
Bill

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#3 posted 614 days ago

The poly is dry and hard. Might there be pealing at a later date?

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#4 posted 614 days ago

Could be. It’s been tested both ways, some having issues with waxed shellac and others not. I have not. But over time, I might.

If you used something like the Zinsser Shellac from the can, that would be a 3# cut, meaning that there are 3 lbs. of shellac per gallon of denatured alcohol…a little thick to brush on. I’d dilute by 1/2 alcohol. That’ll give you a 2# cut which brushes on smooth and level.

Ideally, you’d use dewaxed shellac, like the Zinsser Sealcoat which is a 2# cut out of the can. Or, you can dewax it yourself by skimming the top off a can of shellac that’s been sitting still for a week or so…the wax usually settles at the bottom. The full shellac is more for when you want to use only shellac for the finish.

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#5 posted 614 days ago

Don’t worry about it. It’s either OK or not; if it’s not, you’ll find out soon enough.

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#6 posted 614 days ago

Thanks for the info. I found that I had an oily wood and it would’nt take poly. Being new to the hobby, I did know that I could use shellac on an oily wood, but I didn’t know about thinning. Now I know that I can thin, dewax or get it drunk on alcohol. I love this site.

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