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    Default Fresh Garnet shellac ate through previous layer.....

    I made a 2 lb. cut (8 oz. of flakes per quart of denatured alcohol) of Garnet shellac last night and put some on a previously dried layer of shellac (one that had been dry for over 24 hours).

    The newly made shellac ate right through the Waterlox top coat and bottom layers of shellac. Is this normal? It's the first time I've made shellac at home.

    Any help is much appreciated!
    Last edited by Johnny 5.56; 09-02-2011 at 08:54 PM.

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    I think the denatured alcohol in the shellac will cause the underlying layer to run. I wonder if you dab it on more quickly in smaller amounts and let it dry in-between if that will help.
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    Shellac dries, but never cures. This is actually good as repairs can be made that are indistinguishable from the original finish (the new coat completely melds with the old).

    Shellac dries quickly, I find it easiest to make the cut as thin as possible and wipe a quick coat on, letting each coat dry (takes a minute or two) before adding another. One wipe, don't brush it back and forth at all!

    Unless you want that arsenal brush-mark look, that is.
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    Hey Johny-any luck with it yet?
    I'm doing a few experiments myself and would like to know what your findings were
    I never tried the flakes,but was thinking if you mix it with regular clear or amber shelac and heat it up would it work?
    Might have to ask CrufflerSteve if he tried that?
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    I would stick with the can stuff and dilute per directions. use transtint TransTints Liquid Dye - Printable Tip Sheet to adjust your color.

    usually for most AK stuff the amber and clear is fine..

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    Gents, sorry for the delayed response. Ol' Johnny wasn't mixing the correct ratio of flakes to denatured alcohol. The excessive alcohol ate right through the previous layer of shellac. That's all.

    I've since learned how to pay attention to instructions and the shellac flake mix is very nice. I've made several batches of 2 lb. cut shellac since then and love it!

    I just ordered some Thai Seedlac and can't wait to see how it turns out. I highly recommend mixing your own shellac.

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