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Forum topic by SuperCubber posted 05-28-2014 05:21 PM 889 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SuperCubber

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05-28-2014 05:21 PM

Hey guys,

I’m using India ink for the first time. Does anyone know whether or not I can use water-based poly over it? The bottle says it contains shellac.

Thanks,
Joe

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine


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rrww

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 06:07 PM

I would use a coat of seal coat over the ink, then finish with whatever you like.

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 07:30 PM

Only if you seal it with 3 coats of BLO.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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dawsonbob

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 11:54 PM

Zinzer Seal Coat should do the job. You can put virtually any finish over that.

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Mark Kornell

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#4 posted 05-29-2014 12:19 AM

India ink usually contains some portion of shellac as a binder. Using shellac on top of that can be problematic as the fresh shellac can dissolve the ink somewhat and cause smearing.

WB poly directly on top of the ink is fine. If your intention is a high gloss finish, you’ll be better off spraying than brushing.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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SuperCubber

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 01:30 AM

Thanks for the replies, guys! I’m not going for a high gloss, but I plan on spraying either way.

Thanks for all the advice. Hopefully the finished project will be posted this week.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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