I got part of my order from shellac.net and made up some small batches to
practice (play) with. It is very easy to see the difference between dewaxed
and non. However my question is "Is there a difference in the finish after
drying? Does the wax in the shellac make a different method of application a
preferred way to apply it? If so which one spray, pad, wipe, brush, total
submersion in a swimming pool (VBG). As for the last method I got rid of my
pool and can't afford to buy enough shellac to fill one anyway. Thanks for
the help. Larry
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One difference: if you are using the shellac as a sealing coat and
intend to apply another type of finish on top of it, you want the
dewaxed. Another difference is that the shellac containing wax gives a
someone cloudy appearance.
Yes. The shellac with shellac will yield a softer surface. It is not as
moisture/water resistant as dewaxed. It is also slightly less heat resistant.
Okay, we will forgo the swimming pool, but I have finished fret work
(intricately scroll sawn pieces) by submersing them in a shallow pan filled with
Buffalo, NY - USA
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If you are worried about it just de-wax the waxed shellac. The orange
shellac I use isn't de-waxed so I take the wax out of it (the vast majority
of it) by the way I mix it. I place the flakes in a jar and crush them with
a rounded dowel, then cover with alcohol. I read the latest posts on
rec.woodworking while I shake the crap out of the jar every few minutes for
about half to three quarters of an hour until I am finished reading the
wRECk. Then I set the jar aside in a dark place for a day or two until the
wax settles out leaving the clear shellac on top. Then I pour off the clear
stuff, passing it through a coffee filter into another jar and voila!
De-waxed orange shellac. There is probably a little wax left in it but not
enough to affect the finish. I haven't had any problems top coating it
anyway (that includes poly, lacquer, varnish, what have you).
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