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natenaaron

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349 days ago

I finally finished my coffee table but even after a week the shellac smell is pretty strong. How long does this last. My wife told me that if it lasts much longer she will kick it out of the house until it does go away.

Obviously I have never used shellac before or would be able to answer the question for myself. I can put it back into the shop but I don’t want it to be a permanent fixture there. I actually do want to put my feet up on it in the living room.


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Lifesaver2000

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#1 posted 349 days ago

That sounds a bit strange to me. I have used shellac some, and the smell has pretty much gone away once the alcohol has evaporated. Definitely no smell after a day. One of the things I liked about it.

I am far from an expert though, maybe one will chime in.

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 349 days ago

I’m with Lifesaver2000. The only smell I’ve ever noticed from shellac is the alcohol, which goes away as soon as it dries.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 349 days ago

I use shellac to cover up smells. I’m suspicious that your shellac may not be shellac!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 349 days ago

Shellac is what I would use to avoid odors. Never had a problem with it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 349 days ago

what is the product you are using that you call “shellac” – brand and label? how old is it? this might help identify what may be the cause of odor.

like others – my experience with shellac is that it does not have any lasting odor

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 349 days ago

I’m thinking you used BLO instead of shellac. I’ve never known shellac to smell after the first few minutes while the alcohol evaporates.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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natenaaron

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#7 posted 349 days ago

Nope Zinssers bullseye clear shellac. hmmmmm. I clear coated the the steel and it did not smell at all. Once the shellac was on it smelled. Man, this table has been all kinds of strange issues. Kind of weird.

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Dark_Lightning

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#8 posted 349 days ago

When I was a Scout leader, I used shellac as a finish for the projects (well, the boys used it, that’s the whole point) because they could take them home that same day. I suspect that your shellac is old.

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natenaaron

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#9 posted 349 days ago

It was very dusty when I bought it. Let me guess, this stuff goes off.

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MNgary

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#10 posted 349 days ago

You need a new, more appeciative wife.

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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kdc68

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#11 posted 349 days ago

Interesting issue… Curious as to what the experts here continue to say….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Rick M.

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#12 posted 349 days ago

The older shellac gets, the longer it takes to dry. You must have some from the Jurassic.

http://www.michaeldresdner.com/2009/02/how-and-why-does-shellac-go-bad/

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scotsman9

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#13 posted 348 days ago

Nope Zinssers bullseye clear shellac. hmmmmm. I clear coated the the steel and it did not smell at all. Once the shellac was on it smelled. Man, this table has been all kinds of strange issues. Kind of weird.

Not sure I’m understanding this so forgive me if I’m way off: If you put shellac over a “clear coat” you could very well be having a negative product to product reaction.

Shellac is a natural resin that is mixed or cut into Denatured alcohol. You used a product made by the Rust-Oleum Company, it’s hard to know whats in every can.

-- Just a man and his opinion.

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natenaaron

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#14 posted 348 days ago

Wood was covered and taped off really well. The metal was clear coated. The metal was then taped of really well and I put shellac on the wood with a spray gun. I am thinking the darn thing is just possessed.

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shampeon

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#15 posted 348 days ago

All the Zinnser shellac I’ve used has a lot number on it. Take a look, and decode it according to this link.

For example, a can I have in front of me shows lot S22026. The first digit after the letter is the year (2012), the second digit is the month (2, February), the 3rd and 4th the day (02, February 2), and the fifth digit is the run of the day (6, so this can was part of the 6th batch of the day).

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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