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SHELLAC AND POLISHES

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Shellac is a non-toxic, natural finish, produced from processed resin, that is secreted from the forest inhabiting insect, Laccifer Lacca, found from India to the Far East. The processed resin, which are in the form of light brown flakes, are mixed with alcohol, producing a liquid. Shellac is the basic ingredient of a range of polishes, including white polish and button polish.

Shellac based polishes, produce a high quality finish, typical of vintage furniture, but they do not withstand water or heat very well.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Shellac must be applied quite quickly, avoiding any drips. It can be applied with a quality brush or a soft pad. The first coat is followed by sanding with fine abrasive or steel wool. A second coat can then be applied. It is important to work relatively quickly as shellac is fast drying.
 
 
 
 
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