If more than fogging is required, lightly sand the surface with a very fine sand paper, such as 320 grit. However, the end result has not been as satisfactory as the approach we have been employing, which is outlined above. Gel stain can be thinned with mineral spirits. Can you comment on how you make the "pad" for this last step? You can make your brush easier to clean by dipping it in mineral spirits or water, depending on whether you are using an oil- or water … As for mineral spirits and turpentine, there really won’t be much difference in terms of application. But it is made poisonous so it can be sold without liquor taxes. Can you thin shellac with mineral spirits? 2 coats will probably get you where you want to be based on your description. You will find a product called Everclear (banned in some states) for sale in liquor stores, 750 ml for about $25. 2 - Mineral Spirits, is the solvent for tung oil, it only will thin it out, it will dry faster with less build, If you wiping it on and then off with the mineral spirits added, you will need more applications in most cases. Completing the Shellac Finish After the first coat of shellac completely dries, lightly sand the surface with 400-grit sandpaper. As for a brush, a $.50 brush gives a $.50 job. If the surface is sufficiently clean, you are done, otherwise, repeat this process until the surface is clean. 2. I’ve always just dribbled some oil onto the wiping pad. Does anybody know if you can thin down shellac?for example the white,as it has gone quite thick. These will employ some combination of three or four of the following materials: boiled linseed (or other) oil, white vinegar, denatured alcohol (metho), turpentine (turps), and sometimes shellac. The usual ratio is about 3 or 4 parts varnish to one part of the mineral spirits. There are times when the shellac is so badly worn or damaged, or when a water stain has blackened the wood beneath the shellac, that the finish simply must be removed and a new coating applied. It should work for shellac. The technique is to add mineral oil to shellac in a ratio of 25 percent oil to 75 percent shellac. Zinsser products are available at many hardware and paint stores. It buffs well and has an appropriate sheen. “Mineral spirits” (paint thinner) is a petroleum product and does not work with shellac at all. The opening photo is a great example of the separation , unlike wax in shellac that settles to the bottom, the oil rises to the top. This will dilute the stain (resulting in a lighter color) and create a glaze, which can be used either for staining or adding a unique antiquing appearance on top of paint. Mineral spirits, also known as paint thinner, also works well, as do some of the new citrus based cleaners. Here in Canada we don’t have Naptha. OIL-BASED MATERIAL:All sprayers CAN be used with oil-based interior and exterior materials. A quick history of shellac and its use on furniture, Pros and cons of shellac as a furniture finish, What can be done to restore a shellac finish. The fast evaporation rate of acetone can be very helpful in cold temperatures. Applying a coat of a fine paste wax with an appropriate color blended in will eliminate the discoloration of any nicks or scratches and give the piece an even, soft, satiny sheen. Scrubbing is futile without the right ingredients, so don't rub your hands raw. There are records of shellac being used as a wood finish as early as the 1500's, but widespread use as a furniture finish did not begin until the early 1800's. Methanol works fine for thinning shellac, but it is quite toxic if you are around it for a … https://www.popularwoodworking.com/wp-content/uploads/popwood_logos-01.png, Shaker Storage & Shelving Shop Resources Collection, © 2020 Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved, Chris Schwarz Blog, Personal Favorites, Required Reading, Woodworking Blogs, Free Woodworking Downloads From Lee Valley, I Can Do That! Some are used for cleaning, others to thin paint, shellac or varnish. Your new dishes would be beautiful if it wasn’t for the … For those of you interested in trivia, the bugs are called, Laccifer lacca Kerr, or more simply, lac bugs. Doilies can help to prevent scratches. The thing they call ‘Naphtha’ here is camp fuel meant for a Coleman stove. Next apply a thin coat of shellac. If you feel very adventuresome, here is a link to instructions for French Polishing. This problem can be successfully remedied by virtually anyone. Some East Coast states and California prohibit users from adding solvents after the can is opened. The pad I used for my experiment a bunched up wad of cotton cloth. Wet the steel wool with the solvent and gently scrub the surface. Should work like oil in a mix as well. You can also thin solvent-based poly by adding up to 10 percent mineral spirits, but only if you live in a state that allows it. The technique is to add mineral oil to shellac in a ratio of 25 percent oil to 75 percent shellac. Also, the idea of mineral spirits sounds like another great idea? I don’t need spray finishes – I got pretty good with a brush and a roller – and even better with a cloth pad, which I really prefer – along with a well-sharpened card scraper used with a light touch. Mineral spirits will remove wet or tacky gel stain. Typically, when you are thinning out oil-based polyurethane or oil-based varnish, you will be working with mineral spirits. (The left-hand side is the mixture and the right-hand surface is the right-from-the-can shellac. Shellac forms a beautiful finish, accentuating the grain of the wood and adding its own warm tone. The thin latex or nitrile gloves most people use when finishing will not stop it being absorbed. If you would like to try applying shellac yourself, Zinsser makes a french polishing shellac as well as an orange and white shellac in quart and gallon cans. What is Naptha exactly? It scratches or shatters easily due to its brittle nature. (Photo by Recochem) Dissolving and thinning shellac Shellac flakes are dissolved with alcohol. The chart above provides a reference for what to keep away from shellac finishes, particularly alcohol, ammonia, strong soaps and heat. Both of these common household products can be used to thin oil-based paint. I don’t need a tablesaw – which is true. Further, wax will add a second level of defense against the liquid enemies of shellac. It says right on the can not to put poly over the shellac but is it ok to put lacquer over it. Choosing the right solvent can make a job easier; using the wrong one can damage tools or a project. Glen Huey is a former managing editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, a period furniture maker and author of numerous woodworking books, videos and magazine articles. Shellac is susceptible to damage from alcohol, strong soaps and ammonia. We have tried every widely regarded wax we have heard of, none are better than Black Bison. Thin your oil-based polyurethane with mineral spirits. If you should cut through the finish on a corner or edge, you'll have to strip the wax with mineral spirits before you go back and touch up the spot with more shellac. The first is that there is no industry regulation regarding what precisely constitutes denatured alcohol. If you must, you can even turn to rubbing alcohol. Use a good quality brush. It’s easy to apply and quick to dry. One of the most common problems with old shellac finishes is that they are simply dirty. Thank you. Mineral spirits, also known as paint thinner, also works well, as do some of the new citrus based cleaners. We have tested some of these formulas and found that they do improve the appearance of the shellac finish. An alcohol used to quickly repair a fine scratch will not repair crazing. Alcohol is not as good of a thinner as some of the others mentioned above, such as mineral spirits or even water. If using a polish, it is also essential to verify that the pH of the polish is not in the higher range, for alkalines will degrade shellac. Dec 1, 2011 #2 It’s not cheap, but it does a great job. But, in a pinch, alcohol can be used to thin stain. Typically this simple approach will yield a beautiful restored shellac finish. Shellac can be applied to the stripped and prepped surface by pad, brush or spray. There was little difference in build between the two products, and as you can see in the photo below, the sheen and build are nearly identical, at least to my eye. Another solution may be this technique shared with me during a seminar in New Jersey this past weekend. Some experimenting on how to apply the shellac would be wise. 3 - You might want to try this "old time" formula, it’s … Polyurethane is a clear top coating applied over wood finish and paint. Because acetone is compatible or mixable with most finishes and stains, you can add the solvent to speed drying. Measure out the solvents to use them as thinner. However, this does not impact our recommendations. Subscribe ». Shellac has good clarity and compatibility with most finishes, is easy to rub out, and easy to repair with additional shellac. Use this link for information on how to remove the finish yourself. Save up to 68% on 7 issues of woodworking projects and tricks. The technique for cleaning with these is simple. There are a number of formulas circulating for one step "revivers" or "restorers" for shellac finishes. Shellac has been used for at least a couple thousand years as a dye as well as medicinally and therapeutically in those countries. I found the shellacked surface was smoother than the surface on which I ragged on straight shellac. For those reasons, I spray shellac, but I know that there are still those out there who won’t take a dip in the spray finishing pool. It can be damaged by heat as low as 120°. We may receive a commission from sales referred by our links; however, we have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality. Do you sand the final coat of shellac? You can purchase either at your local hardware store or home center. 3. It's a shellac based product and the thinner is alcohol. I’d thin it, probably 50/50 with DNA. Prior to spraying water-based materials, flush your sprayer with water. Polishes could be used to accomplish an emergency clean and shine, but should not be used for routine maintenance. When I started this craft in earnest some five years ago, I laid some guidelines: 1. The technique for cleaning with these is simple. I’ve never tried simply mixing the oil and shellac together. The oil allows the cloth to flow over the shellac without any drag or noticeable lap marks. Sometimes you’ll see methanol (methyl alcohol) sold in paint stores. Or, if you feel adventuresome, mix your own shellac using shellac flakes and denatured alcohol! Thank You x . For best results use mineral spirits whenever you can. As the name implies, a 'thinner' is used to thin (reduce the viscosity) of a finish. Here’s what I would do. Brush the sealer on with a natural-bristle brush using long, even strokes. The oil allows the cloth to flow over the shellac without any drag or noticeable lap marks. First of all, you need to think about ratios. We may receive a commission when you use our affiliate links. With the solvent, use 0 to 0000 grade steel wool (you will need to determine which will be the best grade for your project). You can continue to use finer and finer grits of wet/dry SC sandpaper, or you can use finer and finer steel wool, or you can use pumice and rottenstone. The bottom line is, shellac finishes are repairable, but a trained and experienced worker will have greater success with the repair. We have mineral spirits, paint thinner, denatured alcohol, lacquer thinner etc, but I’ve never seen Naptha in any store here. (Stay with me, I’m not suggesting that you do a French polish.). If you thin it by about 50% or buy a pre-diluted wiping formula, you can control the number of coats and the final film thickness quite effectively. As a result, your finish should be smooth. I experimented with this mixture and was amazed at how it worked. An oil/varnish finish usually needs three or four coats for a nice build. Lastly, what brush do you recommend for the shellac brushing steps? I’m not using this mixture only as my finish, but I would consider this a last coat possibility. Good idea. For example, french polishing, which is a method used for applying a highly polished shellac finish primarily to small table tops, is a technique used successfully only by the most experienced workers. Shellac resins come in a range of colors based on the type of tree the bugs feed upon and on the time of year harvested. My guess is it’s illegal to sell it in Canada, ‘cause here, you can buy it off Amazon (I checked amazon.ca and it doesn’t show up). You will need to use a lot of alcohol to effectively thin out the stain. Shellac is my finish of choice for furniture. Keep things simple. Wax will help increase the water resistance of the finish, which is especially important with older shellac finishes which have begun to loose their natural resistance. Wax is affected by heat at lower temperatures than shellac, so there is no gain there. It works great and dries all by itself — no need for a wipe down with naphtha. In that case, you'll have to recycle the old stuff and buy a fresh can. Thinning varnish and shellac finishes There’s nothing better than a fine looking finish to protect wood surfaces from moisture, heat, spills and surface damage. It took 14 layers to get the build shown in the photo , way too much time spent and muscle depletion for me. This is not padding in the terms of French polish in which you have a round of cheesecloth wrapped in a cotton cloth. Methyl hydrate is a carcinogen and is readily absorbed through the skin. As with many categories of finishing products, varnish and shellac often come from manufacturers with a … The best protection for shellac finishes, and the most common method of care used during the time shellac was the furniture finish of choice, is wax. Mineral spirits is better for thinning oils, varnishes (including polyurethane varnish) and oil-based paints because it provides more time for the coating to level after brushing. Brush the shellac onto your piece to build a solid thickness. Denatured alcohol would completely dissolve solid shellac flakes. The material label indicates COMBUSTIBLE and that it can be cleaned with mineral spirits or paint thinner. You may start out gently scrubbing with a circular motion but then finish up scrubbing with slightly more force in the grain direction. Use denatured alcohol to thin down your stain. – Simple Woodworking Projects. When painting, it is great for erasing mistakes. This is a very simple concept, but the techniques are not as simple as they sound. Give it a try. I like how you manage to simplify the complex and would like to get your take on this. Wipe the brush off again on a rag, working as much stain out of the brush as you can. You can identify them using their thickness, which is like mayonnaise. Joined Jan 12, 2003 Messages 32,641 Reaction score 1,033 Location Benissa, Costa Blanca, Spain. Tools for Working Wood has a very nice shellac brush that I’ve found beneficial to brushing shellac. I don’t need the latest and greatest motorized or hand-powered gizmo – good blades and bits, well cared for, I found gave decades-old tools new life. Wipe away sticky price tags residue. This is ethanol, the same alcohol that is included in beer, wine and liquors. Then through the first couple decades of the twentieth century, shellac was the coating of choice for fine furniture. Denatured alcohol is a solvent for shellac flakes, but is also a thinner for shellac and lacquer. With the solvent, use 0 to 0000 grade steel wool (you will need to determine which will be the best grade for your project). The thinner and clear-up solvent you should use with shellac is denatured alcohol. Consequently, can you thin shellac with mineral spirits? There are solvents formulated specifically for this work, such as the Wax & Polish Remover by Liberon. The first step in caring for a shellac finish is understanding what are the potential sources of damage. “Mineral spirits” (paint thinner) is a petroleum product and does not work with shellac at all. I inherited a band saw, a jig saw, and pair of skill saws. However, you can go as far as … Can you add paint thinner to primer? The accumulation of waxes, polishes, smoke and dust, can become so heavy that the the beauty of the finish and the pattern of the wood grain can be completely obscured. Its water resistance diminishes with age. This technique works only when padding on the shellac, much like one would do when French polishing. Acetone is especially effective with shellac and every type of lacquer. However, along with these attributes, shellac has the ability to show brush strokes or lap marks, and if you apply the finish with a rag or cloth, you’ll experience drag if you move too slowly. I usually try to stay close to a 1 1/2# cut, others might be able to work with the thicker cut but shellac is intended to be a very thin finish anyway. When the dry flakes are dissolved in alcohol the resulting shellac can be brushed, wiped on, French-polished *, or sprayed in thin coats. - Mix thoroughly. Any advice would be great! Black Bison uses highly refined liquifying solvents and so has a very low and not unpleasing odor. We like the wool made by Liberon best. - Check the thickness by running the paint through a funnel. BIN should not be thinned with mineral spirits. Since shellac dissolves in alcohol, most damage to shellac can be repaired by either reapplying a new layer of shellac, or by wiping, brushing or misting the surface with alcohol. Until guitar-maker Brian Burns told me that he uses mineral spirits (paint thinner) instead of mineral oil as a pad lubricant. What each dissolves and thin? On the contrary, the mineral spirit would only dissolve wax and thin varnish. –Bill. That oil should be wiped with naphtha a day or so after the finish is complete , the oil doesn’t dry, so it floats to the surface. Mineral Spirits – Though products like paint thinner, Varsol and Naptha are similar to mineral spirits, they are not as pure. For the best result possible removing the old finish and applying a new, of course you will want to bring it to us. Water-based finishes, however, tend to coagulate when acetone is added. Mineral spirits or acetone are acceptable thinners that can be used as an alternative to traditional ones like turpentine. You also thin liquid shellac with alcohol. A cousin got the table saw, which to this day, I did not really need. Also, the type of alcohol used to repair various types of damage can be crucial. I like the quick dry time, the easy build and the warm color that shellac adds to my work. One of my co-workers (Bob) suggests using mineral spirits instead. Naphtha is a stronger solvent than mineral spirits, but this is rarely significant in wood finishing. For shellac, I'd avoid even 91% isopropyl, however, just because it's a different solvent, not significantly cheaper than denatured (my local grocery/pharmacy sells the 91% isopropyl for $1.89 a quart; I can buy solvent grade denatured for under $3 the quart last I checked -- and a quart is enough to dissolve two pounds of shellac flakes, enough for many … For example, mineral spirits is a thinner for varnish, but it will also dissolve wax. Rockler, too, stipulates that it can only be shipped in the continental United States. In each scenario, the finished surface is not exactly smooth. Wipe the surface down with disposable towels. Conclusion However, it has some problems when it comes to shellac. For more choices appropriate especially for antique furniture, Liberon makes a half dozen different premixed shellac polishes of varying colors. Don’t worry about brush marks, but try to keep them to a minimum – I still believe in the saying, “A better brush gives you a better job.” Once you’ve established the build, sand the entire project to remove any brush marks that do appear then apply a coat or two of the oil/shellac mixture. You know your audience .. and its diversity. … A layer of wax will protect the shellac surface from the minor scratching and scuffing which come during the course of normal use. Repairs to french polished surfaces need be be done by people who can successfully apply a french polish finish. The adverse and unexpected result of regular polishing is the accumulation of a layer of dust trapped in the polish as it slowly evaporates. In fact, small amounts of mineral spirits can be used as a retarder to slow up the drying of shellac. Now we are getting down to the practical steps you need to take to thin out polyurethane. Here are some supplies and tools we find essential in our everyday work around the shop. Applying shellac mixed with mineral oil or spirits seems right up my alley. It adheres extremely well to virtually everything. Huh. However, you can achieve a good result on your own using virtually any stripping solvent to remove the shellac. To seal the wood before top coating, thin your oil-based polyurethane to one part mineral spirits and two parts polyurethane (first, gently stir the contents in the can). A small amount of mineral spirits can clean and polish furniture that has a layer of varnish, shellac, or lacquer. Will mineral spirits remove gel stain? Shellac has a short shelf life once liquified, so be sure to check the date stamp on the can. Can you thin gel stain? I did a test sheet and it looks great but will it hold Can you put lacquer over shellac - RepairingYesterdaysTrailers Let us know what happens if you try this (instead of mineral oil). - Add ½ cup of water for every gallon of paint. Mixed with shellac, it will produce a serviceable finish. You don’t have to rush the padded-on mixture to keep a wet edge. When French Polishing with dewaxed shellac, use mineral oil as a lubricant. This technique works only when padding on the shellac , much like one would do when French polishing. Padding works bests on flat surfaces, brushing on others. Fine scratches can easily be repaired by wiping or brushing, whereas crazing is best repaired by misting or fogging. It would also thin shellac, which is why it’s often referred to as shellac thinner. If you do decide to try the finishing work yourself, be sure to practice your skills on a scrap before you try working on your furniture item. Mike Methyl hydrate will certainly dissolve shellac but all is definitely not well. But mineral spirit would not do so. They are messy to apply, if you are looking to solve one of the biggest problems in wood finishing, blotching on pine, use the gel stain. For exceptions, please refer to Materials that CANNOT by Sprayed on page 3. If it flows freely through the funnel, you know the paint is thinned enough. The surface can be kept clean by dusting with a dampened cloth. Make no mistake about it. - Pour the paint into the bucket. Mineral spirits is strong enough for any normal operation. Only thin a pint or so, if you get it too thick, you can add more DNA, if it’s too thin add more shellac. )An oil/shellac mixture is not like an oil/varnish mixture. This means that some brands are cut with water to increase their volume, often by as much as 20%. Most of the gel stains are oil-based, so if you are looking to thin and clean them, use mineral spirits. OK , the key word here is cloth. 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