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harmonics31

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Hello all,
Have anyone use this shellac from Home Depot before?
Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Clear Shellac Traditional Finish and Sealer 1 Gallon
How is it ?
It is a hassle to mix shellac flakes and denatured alcohol
Thanks
h31

Jun 04, 10 | 3:12 pm
deadedith

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I learned through this Forum and my own very limited experience that the Zinsser Clear Seal Coat works perhaps better than their sealer. The regular sealer tended to make the wood splotchy and was a bugger to even out; the clear seal coat was more forgiving and easier to use.
I'd wait for the more experienced forumites to chime in, though.
Good luck!
Dave B

Jun 04, 10 | 3:29 pm
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

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It's not a hassle at all to mix flakes with alcohol. I've used denatured alcohol, and also 190-proof everclear. I prefer everclear but you can't buy it in my state.

In the Hernandez video tutorial he holds up a jar of store-bought shellac, and then a jar of blended blonde flakes, and the shellac/alcohol mix looks much clearer.

Don't know if what he was holding was Zinsser, but I have to believe that freshly mixed is better.

Jun 06, 10 | 10:42 am
Adaboy

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I'm not an expert, but from everything I've read if you want to purchase shellac, then use:

Zinsser Bulls Eye Sealcoat Universal Sanding Sealer

When looking on the side of the can.......down below heading and below the picture it should state, "100% Wax-Gree Shellac". That's the stuff most folks have used and have had good luck with. I would be leary of the product you listed above.

Jun 06, 10 | 5:56 pm
Adaboy

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I just re-read my last post and realized I had a typo on the last post. It should have read:

"100% Wax-Free Shellac"

Sorry about that.

Jun 08, 10 | 9:34 am
harmonics31

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Thanks all for your advice.
I bought 1 lb of shellac flakes. It is in the mail.
Hope 1lb is enough for 1 classical guitar.
Thanks

Jun 08, 10 | 11:35 am
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

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It is.

Jun 08, 10 | 11:38 am
harmonics31

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I bought shellac flakes from shellac.net a few day ago. Today, it sent an email "Refund notification"
Does anyone know a good place to buy these flakes?
Thanks

Jun 08, 10 | 12:57 pm
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

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I've bought flakes only a couple of times. I bought 8 oz garnet (dark) flakes from Rockler. I was really pleased. the flakes come in little 2 oz bags. they are nicely broken up so they'll dissolve easily.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=6548

the second time I bought flakes was at my local woodcraft store--the Hock flakes. I bought 1 lb of blonde. I paid the same as flakes I bought from Rockler, but for twice the quantity. quite a deal as they are good quality and dewaxed. but they came in a big "brick" in a single plastic back. I've had to break it up with a hammer which is somewhat messy. but who cares, the price was great. oops, looks like the Hock flakes have been discontinued at woodcraft. now they have these:

http://www.woodcraft.com/Catalog/ProductPage.aspx?prodid=29703&ss=899b3db6-7ad0-4a0a-98a5-bf5b5800f9f1

I googled for Hock flakes, and you can do the same. I haven't purchased from any of the sites that I found that sell them, however.

http://www.mendotatools.com/Hock-Dewaxed-Shellac-Flakes-P94C21.aspx


Jun 09, 10 | 4:32 am
harmonics31

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Thanks Martin,
My bad,
They refund part of the shipping cost, order was not canceled. I got the flakes yesterday. I was impressed.
I am going to do some testing with this shellac :-) i read your instruction, will try that too :-)

Jun 09, 10 | 9:02 am
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

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Be sure to go to an experienced source for info. I watched/read all these before I tried it myself. I'm just a hack/beginner.

http://www.milburnguitars.com/frenchpolish.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsGTJlLACYg
http://www.fernandezmusic.com/FrenchPolishingDVD.html
http://luthiersforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10117&t=21980
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a159BCBwZX4

The place where you bought the flakes has a great mixing chart.
http://www.shellac.net/PoundCutChart.html

I like to mix 1/2 cup with 1 oz for a 2lb cut.

I have heard it's okay to eyeball the measurements, but that was likely from someone that used to measure. If you don't have a scale you can probably pick one up in the kitchen supplies at a large hardware store, a large grocery store, or at a place like target. I got this one.
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=kitchen+scale&hl=en&show=dd&cid=7323853758362142684&ei=1tUPTJ_WNYveNcOskdoD&sa=title&ved=0CBMQ8wIwAzgA#p


Jun 09, 10 | 9:57 am



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