I just refinished an old bureau with shellac.
Turned out MUCH better than expected with a new cheapo HF HVLP sprayer.
Finish is a little rough since it was done outdoors.
Can SHELLAC be finished with wet/dry sanding, steel wool, pumice, and/or rotten
stone and compound like OTHER furniture finishes ???
Suggestions on how long to wait before using the above ?
When done "sanding", I assume PASTE WAX will restore the shine.
I saw a educational video on pbs and they were finishing ocean liner guest
rooms with 12 coats of shellac (light sanding between coats) and then wet
sanding and then to finish off with some kind of liquid polish -with a
random orbital buffer. It looked like a deep and clear finish when done.
To add to that I just refinished a piece of furniture with 2 coats of
shellac and 3 coats of varnish and then wetsanded with 1200 wet dry paper
and the finish is really nice and smooth. (just the top not the sides and
firstname.lastname@example.org (Conase) wrote in
Watch the wrap.
Everything I know about shellac wouldn't begin to fill the next half an
hour you can spend with the results of that search.
Check out http://www.homesteadfinishing.com/htdocs/rubbingout.htm for some
good information on rubbing out a finish. Supplies are also offered at
Homestead Finishing if you need them. BTW, Jeff Jewitt suggests waiting a
week for shellac before rubbing it out. Shellac is a great finish to rub
out. I have only done a little with shellac, but the results are wonderful.
The same techniques for lacquer work for shellac. If you use automotive
products on the shellac, make sure you test first to make sure it doesn't
soften the shellac. Of course, rubbing out using traditional methods work
I recently rebuilt my staircase and curved it. I made the handrails from
solid maple and finished it with ebony stain and shellac. I applied 8
coats, waited a week, sanded it smooth with 320. Then I applied another 8
coats over the smoothed surface, waited 2 weeks and resanded with 320, then
600, then 1500, then pumice, then rottenstone. I spent 14 hours rubbing the
finish, but you can see your eye color in the mirror-like reflection. The
results were very well worth the effort.
One note: I tried both using paraffin oil to do the rubbing and water. The
water worked better because it was less messy and cut faster. I would
suggest starting with the oil first to get the feel of it. Also,
cheesecloth seemed to be the best to use during the pumice and rottenstone
BTW, I followed the advice on the thread the Preston Andreas cited.
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