drying time of shellac before packaging for shipment?

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I have been (and still are) sick. This put me behind in my woodworking projects for Christmas. I was planning on finishing cedar with a single coat of 2lb shellac, let it dry and then wrap it in bubble pack and ship them.

If I finish in my 65-70 degree basement, is overnight sufficient before I wrap it in packing? If not how long?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 588 days ago

If your shellac is fresh it should be dry in an hour or less.

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#2 posted 588 days ago

I agree… as long as that “single coat” isn’t too thick it will dry very quickly. If you want to be sure, but you need a little more finish build, you might pad on a couple of very thin coats.

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#3 posted 584 days ago

In a temperature like that overnight should be fine. It might harden up a bit more in a day or two but I think the piece will be fine. One of the best things about shellac is that it dries so fast. I can even get it to dry in the cold winter temperatures.

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#4 posted 583 days ago

My experience is that it may take a day or so. It depends a lot on the cut and how old the can of shellac is. I find that older shellac takes longer to dry and is a bit thicker. This is probably because some of the alcohol comes off when the can is open.

I try to let things with Shellac dry in open air with a small fan blowing on it. I wait for the fan until the surface is dry enough that dust will not stick

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