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Forum topic by Lane posted 01-11-2015 01:39 PM 979 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lane

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01-11-2015 01:39 PM

Shipping a box to a friend…shellac over BLO. Figured I’d wrap it in bubble wrap before boxing it up. But I wondered if the bubble wrap would react with the bubble wrap and foul up the finish.

Are my concerns valid or am I just a little paranoid?

Thanks.


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cutmantom

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 01:50 PM

don’t know for sure but what about wrap it with wax paper first, make sure the finish is fully cured

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 01:51 PM

Shellac is very stable after it dries, it’s even used to coat some pills that are bottled in PE with cotton buffers; they never seem to stick to the bottle. I think you’re overly concerned. One thing that may happen is that if the BLO isn’t fully cured (several weeks, anyway) there may be as strong smell of BLO in the box when it’s opened. Not a problem, but may evoke a reaction from the recipient. The shellac top coat should mitigate most of it, but there may still be some odor.

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#3 posted 01-11-2015 01:57 PM

I don’t think you have any worries, but I’ll admit that when I use shellac, or even some lacquers, I won’t use bubble wrap when I ship. I’ll use plain paper for the layer that actually touches the piece. The I backfill with bubble, foam and sometimes peanuts, (although I hate them).

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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Lane

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#4 posted 01-11-2015 08:15 PM

Thanks. Both the BLO and the shellac were given plenty of cure time. I believe I’ll put paper around it, then bubble wrap.

Must remember to get photos first, though.

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#5 posted 01-11-2015 11:38 PM

Bubble wrap is polyethelyne plastic. Stuff is about as inert as anything on the planet. I would be shocked if there was any reaction at all. That plastic is used for everything from gas tanks to stretch wrap because is won’t react.

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Tennessee

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#6 posted 01-12-2015 01:30 AM

crank49, if only you were absolutely correct. Actually most low grade bubble wrap, being a cheap product, is a reground, and who knows what polymers they blend in to the regrind when they form it. With that, there is a possibility that there would be a gas off, or a polymer that might react with shellac. I just don’t trust the plastic industry, having been in it for over ten years. They mold everything for the right price.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#7 posted 01-12-2015 03:57 AM

I don’t think it would react with shellac, but I did have something I shipped and the bubble wrap melted and stuck to the frame. (of course, that was in mid August)

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