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I've used shellac quite a few times. I always purchased the Bulleye 3# cut stuff that was clear. But shellac has a very short shelf life. I think it's a year. For my use I was always throwing the the cans away half-full. I started mixing my own a bit ago. Purchased the flakes and mix with alchohol. The problem with mixing your own is getting the proportions correct. The instructions are miserable.

I use it mostly as a sealer, something that would insure that the stain goes on evenly. I'd cut it even further and put on 2 coats with a light sanding in between. (I got this idea from the tv show Funiture On The Mend. It ran a couple of seasons.) I've also used it as a final finish but my finish of choice is a wipe on oil/polyurethane mix like Sam Maloof's.

The advantages of shellac are fast drying and totally non-toxic. I wouldn't use the amber unless I was trying to color with the shellac.

berry in st. paul
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