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    which works better shellac or sanding sealer what are your preference

  • #2
    For a final finish shellac.
    Scott
    Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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    • #3
      Shellac is great stuff, in my humble opinion. I use a fair amount of it. I have no experience with sanding sealer. I know what it is and what it's for, but never really felt I needed to use it for anything.
      Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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      • #4
        I mix the Zinser sanding sealer 50 % with alcohol and dip my ornaments. A fast and easy finish.
        Rolf
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        • #5
          I have used Shellac or Lacquer and then sand it to 180 grit before applying other finishes. Lately I have been using Lacquer as a final finish also.
          Hegner Polymax- 3,Hegner Multimax-3,
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          • #6
            I do the same as Rolf. I mix Shellac 50% with alcohol and use that as a sanding sealer.
            Denny
            ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

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            • #7
              The real nice thing about using shellac and alcohol mix for ornaments is you only have to wait minutes before you tie in your ribbons and packaging.
              Scott
              Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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              • #8
                I use sanding sealer on baltic birch plywood, pine and birch if I am going to stain them. Without the sanding sealer, the stain will be blotchy. I use the water base sealer from minwax. After it drys I sand to at least 150 grit and often to 220 grit. Wipe it with a tac cloth then apply the masking tape and pattern, When you are done, very little sanding is needed.

                I have never tried sanding sealer as a finish coat.

                For finishing ornaments, I use Rolf's mix of 1/2 alcohol and 1/2 shellac. Nice finish and quick!

                For other finishes I like spray deft.

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