Platinum Blonde Shellac Flakes
$9.75 – $49.50
Fresh shellac goes on better and cures properly. It is the key to great finishes and works well as a sealer. And there’s no better way to ensure your shellac is fresh than by mixing it yourself. I use shellac as a base coat before using a friction finish like Crystal Coat by Hut. I also use it in French Polishing as a sealer during metal inlay techniques and the inside of my mills. See the description below on mixing ratios. Or read about Mixing Fresh Shellac from Flakes in my blog.
- Available in:
- 2 oz. – $9.75
- 4 oz. – $16.00
- 8 oz. – 29.50
- 16 oz. – $49.50
Fresh shellac goes on better and cures properly. It is the key to great finishes and works well as a sealer. And there’s no better way to ensure your shellac is fresh than by mixing it yourself. I use shellac as a base coat prior to using a friction finish like Crystal Coat by Hut. I also use it in French Polishing, as a sealer during metal inlay techniques and the inside of my mills.
Shellac flakes are mixed with alcohol to create a liquid finish. A cut is the amount of shellac dissolved in alcohol. A 2-pound cut is 2 pounds of shellac mixed in 1 gallon of alcohol. You probably won’t need all that shellac, so mix an amount that you will use in about 6 months. A basic ratio (in ounces) is given on the label of each bag. Mixed shellac has a shelf life of about 1 year or more depending on the temperature and humidity where it is stored. I mix 2 ounces of shellac into 8 ounces of alcohol for a 2-pound cut. That makes about 10 ounces of liquid. From this I make a sealer by adding 3 ounces of alcohol to 1 ounce of liquid shellac, producing a 1/4 pound cut.
Shellac can be dissolved in any kind of alcohol. Denatured is available locally in the chain and local hardware stores. I don’t care for the smell of denatured alcohol, so I use anhydrous isopropyl alcohol. While the shellac flake takes a bit longer to dissolve in isopropyl, the smell is much more pleasant. Anhydrous means water-free, so try to find a purity of 99% or better. Drug store isopropyl contains as much as 50% water, so avoid it. A local chemical supply house should carry anhydrous isopropyl or you can also find it on Amazon.com. You can also use Everclear found at your local liquor store. After you finish your project you can have a celebratory drink!
If you watch the chapter, Mixing Fresh Shellac on the Brilliant Finishes for Woodturner DVD you’ll see how I adapt a polishing tumbler to mix the shellac with alcohol, or check out my recent blog on Mixing Fresh Shellac from Flakes.
2 oz., 4 oz., 8 oz., 16 oz.