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Forum topic by Cantputjamontoast posted 07-12-2014 06:42 PM 680 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cantputjamontoast

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07-12-2014 06:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing question shaker

Im using Zinsser amber shellac. Should I have watered meaning “alcoholed” it down from the 3lb cut in the can.

Using it outside on a hot day and not real happy with the results.

If you go back and touch something up it smears.
WT heck and I doing wrong????

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"


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#1 posted 07-12-2014 06:46 PM

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#2 posted 07-12-2014 07:06 PM

You didn’t say what your application method was, but that can be solved with a pad soaked in some DNA. Working the pad around the surface will redissolve the shellac and the pad should re distribute it more evenly. I’ve used a lot of shellac, and I still can’t brush it very well. I have to ether pad it or spray it. I do thick the Zinnser is pretty thick to work with, and I always cut it back a little with DNA. Another problem may be the temps…outside on a hot day is just going to make it that much harder to work out into an even coat. If you are brushing, the common advice is to only brush it once, do not go back and forth, apply the finish with just slightly overlapping brush strokes. But like I said, I can’t brush it.

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#3 posted 07-12-2014 07:41 PM

using a Wooster china bristle. Home Depot no longer has Purdy china

thank you for your prompt response.

I am finding what you have found——brush just once

on second coat now—-hit it with 400 between coats
waited an hour

May try the rag for subsequent coats after #3

thank you again.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 12:31 AM

I really prefer to wipe/rub shellac on rather than brushing.

Black Cherry did a great/simple blog on this technique and it became my favorite finishing technique immediately.

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

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