In the end I followed Bill’s approach and it worked well. I did not want to remove the shellac, just the paste wax so that I could apply additional coats. So I used mineral spirits to wipe off the paste wax, I sanded using 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper until I cut through the upper most layer of the shellac and then reapplied more shellac.
If you want to remove all shellac – which I also did on another time, I found that the best way was with a scraper card followed by sanding with 150 grit dry sandpaper once you reach the bare wood. I would not use methylated spirits as it would just create a gooey mess.
I tried using the Methylated spirit which did not appear to have any effect I assume that I must have already removed the wax and if there was any Shellac left the Methylated spirit was not effecting it I thought that the Methylated spirit should have disolved the Shellac as that is what is used to make Shellac from flakes
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