I used a spray gun attached to my air compressor (who knew? I thought
all that thing was good for was to blow sawdust out the garage door) to
put 10 coats of 1# (approximately--Zinsser store-bought, you see) cut
on a blanket chest I bought for my wife. I somehow or other managed to
load up the finish in a couple of spots, and I'm feeling some
apprehension about a few things.
1. Did I put on _too_much_ shellac? I passed the point at which the
wood grain of the cedar was, um, still visible. What I mean to say is
that viewed from a very oblique angle, the finish looks like poly, or
epoxy, or whatever. Except, that is, for the orange peel.
2. If I can fix it, how do I do it? I realize that I can just rub it
out with denatured alcohol until all of the shellac is off the wood,
then start over. However, I would rather not do that.
2a. If I wet sand (presumably with 400 grit and mineral spirits) right
through the finish, how hard is it to match the finish? There's no
stain on the chest, it was raw cedar, so I don't have to worry about
3. Can I spray a coat or several of maybe 1/4# cut with the hope that
all the alcohol will somehow flatten out the finish?
4. Will a few coats of wax fill in the small voids in the orange
5. Am I just screwed?
What I was looking for, originally, was a dead flat, shiny finish for
this blanket chest. I would hope that that's what I can still get from
what I have. Is that a reasonable expectation for shellac? I'm sort
of flying blind here, as I'm new to the whole shellac thing.
P.S. The damnable thing about polyurinestain is that it ain't very
pretty, but at least it's predictable (to me, at least).