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    Colin Scowen
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    I was in my local finish / paint store today, and I asked the proprietor if he had any shellac. He showed me some orange shellac, it was in a block about the size of a liter carton of milk (2″ by 3″ by 5″ approx). Now, according to him this was a very expensive type, and if I wanted the cheaper blonde, or the ready mixed, I would probably have to drive to Germany to find it. Unfortunately, I didn’t see how much this particular package weighed.
    So, I have a couple of questions.
    Would you consider a bag of flakes that size for 26 quid to be expensive?
    Assuming I dissolved the whole lot, how much meths would I need (roughly speaking, and in liters please, Czechs don’t use imperial measurements)?
    I will still try to find some other sources, but as this is the first time I’ve thought of using shellac, I thought I’d get the dumb questions out of the way.

    #627296
    David Perrott
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    I know nothing of buying shellac in Europe or the cost. I would not buy a large amount of one type of shellac flakes starting out. I’m not a big fan of orange shellac. I’ve tried, blonde, garnet, seedlac, stick lac as well as orange shellac. I will use a different shellac based on the wood, and style of finish I’m going for. I buy small amounts from Kremmer Pigements since they have a store here in NYC. They are based in Germany https://www.kremer-pigmente.com

    #627322
    Colin Scowen
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    Thanks, that’s a useful link for me, they have 5 distributors in Czech, and a shop in Dresden.

    #653018
    joeleonetti
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    I have used blond, amber and garnet. I do a lot of my work in cherry. Sometimes walnut with maple as a contrast. Generally speaking, I really like the color I get on cherry with garnet shellac. So does my wife. As such, I tend to use more garnet shellac at this point than the others. In reality, what I have found is that I need to look at a piece 6 months to a year after I have finished it. In that timeframe, the wood has further undergone its natural shading so that I get a better idea of how the shellac and wood combo color looks. Again, I like garnet shellac but amber is quite nice as well.

    #655623
    Kjord
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    Lots of good thoughts above. As stated, dewaxed shellac is needed to adhere to other finishes. If using shellac followed by wax as a finish, don’t need the dewaxed. Moisture transfer from the air is slightly slower with waxed as opposed to dewaxed shellac. Neither is significantly better at resisting spilled/standing water though. A good resource for shellac info is donsbarn.com. Don Williams was chief furniture conservator at the Smithsonian in the US, and has a deep and abiding interest in shellac. On his website you can look at “writings” and access the “Shellac archive”

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