Depends a lot on the cut, the temperature, and how often you shake or stir it.
I've seen it take several days, left sitting in a cool basement shop. What I do
is to put it into a pot of hot -- almost boiling -- water. I stir it every 10
minutes or so and a 3-lb cut takes maybe 30-60 minutes to dissolve completely.
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More than 1/2 hour. More like several hours. Warmer solvent will
dissolve whatever is soluble much faster, like 2x for each 20 degrees,
so if you are looking for fast dissolving, don't do it in a cold
I grind my flakes in a coffee grinder to get them to a powder state,
this also helps dissolve them faster.
Here's something that worked for me. I had a few errands to run, and some
shellac to mix. So I put the shellac flakes and alcohol in a mason jar, and
took it with me on the front seat of the truck. Every so often, I'd reach over
and give the jar a shake. By the time I got back home (two hours, thirty
miles, and four stops later) the shellac was completely dissolved.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
If you go powder, you have to shake or you get a lump. I want to hear a
I use Doug's method during Sunday afternoon football for my normal 1# cut.
It's done by halftime. A 2# cut could take the whole game.
I usually make a 1 lb cut and it takes maybe 24-36 hours at house room
temperature. I try to stir it every 30 minutes or so after I first mix
it, but then usually it ends up sitting for a while and the flakes
merge together into a mass on the bottom of the jar. I try to dislodge
it and break it up.
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