- 7 April 2017 at 11:03 am #310932
I’ve been using shellac for a few projects, just the ready-mixed Liberon sanding sealer that I’ve also seen Paul use. The final finish seems very delicate to me. A light scratch with a fingernail leaves a white mark on the surface, so everyday scuffs start to show up easily. This happens even with 3-4 coats and it’s more pronounced on softwoods because the finish is more easily deformed.
Am I doing something wrong?
Ewan7 April 2017 at 5:18 pm #310934Mike IParticipant
Not sure if this helps, but I think that shellac can be quite brittle on it’s own. I usually put some paste wax (beeswax) on top of the shellac (clear or otherwise) and this seems to improve durability – and also feel in my opinion.7 April 2017 at 6:01 pm #310935
I did wonder if that would help, I’ll give it a go.8 April 2017 at 11:59 am #310938Brett aka PheasantwwParticipant
You mentioned you are using “sanding sealer”. From my understanding of shellac, sanding sealer is a very thinned out version.
To get a more durable and hard shellac finish, you may need several more layers or go with a 2 or 3 pound cut for your final layers.
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That makes sense. I’ll try making up some of my own for comparison.10 April 2017 at 9:52 pm #310986Hugo NottiParticipant
4 coats of sanding sealer is very little. Try 10 or so, and let it harden a few days when finished. I think, wax makes it easier to remove dirt, dust and the like but doesn’t really protect the shellack much.
Dieter13 April 2017 at 10:06 pm #311081
Thanks everyone, I need to experiment a bit more 🙂1 May 2017 at 11:59 pm #311593canito79Participant
How old is your shellac? Shellac can go bad. Put a little on a plate of glass. It should dry and be very brittle. If it stays soft or tacky, throw it out and buy some more. Don’t be afraid of buy flakes and mixing your own fresh when you need it.
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