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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 10-28-2013 07:30 PM 662 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2013 07:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish shellac colors of shellac pound cut

Shellac is not a finish I normally use. I was wondering if the “pound” of the cut affects the color of the finish? Could you make a given color (blonde, super blonde, gannet …) lighter by adding more alcohol and darker by using less?

Would mixing two colors (say blonde and orange) give you something in the middle?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri


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#1 posted 10-28-2013 07:35 PM

A lighter cut deposits less shellac per layer, so it will
be less ambering than a heavier cut of the same
shellac, but the layer will be thinner.

You can mix it any way you like. You can lay down
orange shellac until you like the color, then put blonde
over it to build it thicker.

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#2 posted 10-29-2013 12:41 AM

So will 3 thick layers be darker than 6 thin layers? Intutativly, it seems that 6 layers at half ambering would equal 3 layers at full ambering.

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#3 posted 10-29-2013 01:04 AM

I tint blonde shellac with alcohol based dyes. It’s very good for wood that stains blotchy, like most pines.
seal with clear, then color with the “dirty shellac ”, finish with clear. A weak tint/mix gives you more color control.
Build up the color.

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#4 posted 10-29-2013 08:30 AM

A thinner shellac will be a lighter color in the bottle. But since you’ll need to put on several coats to build a film the color on the piece will end up being largely the same regardless of pound cut.

I haven’t mixed any colors yet but I think they would mix ok. All shellac dissolves in alcohol regardless of color.

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