|Forum topic by HorizontalMike||posted 281 days ago||773 views||1 time favorited||22 replies|
281 days ago
What started out to be a good day didn’t end that way. I had been coating my cobbler’s bench with 1-2 coats of Sealcoat per day for the last 3 days. Today I sanded with #0000 and then used a tack cloth and compressed air before taking the bench out to the driveway to add a final layer of spray can Clear Shellac (also de-waxed). This was about 9am here in S. Texas and temps ~70F. I finished spraying several coats until the can was empty and I had a rather nice smooth finish. Then it happened…
I walked back into the shop to toss the spray can and returned to the driveway. My gray cat almost died today, but I couldn’t catch him. He had jumped on top of the bench with the wet shellac, that had previously looked so good. Now I had paw prints with dirt. I tried to fix with a DA dampened T-shirt and got most of the tracks blended in. I then hung out for an hour “guarding” the bench. After an hour I was able to pick the bench up and return it to the shop and on top of my workbench.
I waited another 3-hours before returning to the closed up shop, that was now ~90F. As I had done with my Shaker Chest, I proceeded to power buff JPW on the top of the bench to bring up the sheen and eliminate any remaining streaks.
THE PROBLEM: The shellac had not fully dried and I now had an ugly, sticky, waxy mess. The sheen was gone and only parts of the shellac coating remained. How best can I minimize the “fix” on this? The bottom surfaces are fine and were NOT waxed. Some of the elevated drawer/shelf is only slightly affected. The middle of the flat bench top (that covers 80% of the table/bench) is dull and appears to have lost most of its shellac.
I know that DA cuts shellac and cuts JPW, so what do ya’ll think? Just try and do a piece meal strip of the affected areas?
It looked good all glossy, but to tell the truth, when parts went back to a dull satin it looked more authentic IMO. Should I just try and thin out the entire top surface until it is semi-stripped, let it fully cure for days, and then wax?
Puzzled in paradise… 8-(
OH, and in case you don’t think I got the shaft on this today, that comes tomorrow. I am scheduled for my 10yr old guy colonoscopy. Oh joy… NOT! ;-)
-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."