BUTTON Shellac has toughness and mar resistance that
makes it the preferred shellac for finishing floors,
interior woodwork, and for French polishing musical instruments.
Buttons are produced by placing Seedlac into a long narrow cloth bag and heating one end over a charcoal fire. The other end is attached to a windless and is gradually twisted. The charcoal fire melts the lac which is forced out through the cloth by pressure. The molten lac is scraped out manually, drawn onto sheets and left to dry.
Button production requires considerable manual skill and experience.
Heat during processing polymerizes the Shellac resin, resulting in a tough abrasion & moisture resistant finishing material.
See: Shellac Mixing & Usage Notes • Pound Cut Mixing Chart (Printable version) • Guide To French Polishing (PDF)
Please Read: About Denatured Alcohols & Shellac Solvents - All Denatured Alcohols are NOT the Same
See: Questions, Facts & Myths about Shellac for Wood Finishing
DARK JETHWA Button Shellac
DARK JETHWA BUTTON
This custom button has a deep, warm, dark amber tone,
excellent on darker toned woods or on darker trim and floors
of the late 1800's to early 1900's homes.
Dark Jethwa Button is 100% Pure Shellac
and is an Exclusive to Shellac.net
• for color reference: Dark Jethwa on the left Kusmi # 1 on the right
BYSAKHI BUTTON Shellac
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BYSAKHI BUTTON SHELLAC
BYSAKHI Button Shellac is excellent
for classic rich tones on woodwork, floors,
and for antique restorations and repairs.
• Rich cooler Brown tones
100% Pure Bysakhi Shellac Button
KUSMI #2 BUTTON Shellac (Warm Brown)
Kusmi #2 BUTTON Shellac
#2 Button yields a rich Warm Redish Amber Brown - -
deeper toned than the Kusmi #1 Button,
Kusmi #2 Button looks good on oak floors, craftsman paneling, and wood trim.
KUSMI #1 BUTTON Shellac (Caramel Amber)
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KUSMI #1 - BUTTON Shellac
Caramel Amber color develops rich warm amber tones on woods like mahogany, red oak, cherry, and douglas fir.
The heat during button processing polymerizes the Shellac resin, resulting in a tough abrasion & moisture resistant finishing material. Button shellacs are preferred for finishing floors, interior woodwork, by many French polishers, and for guitars and other stringed instruments.
(Buttons retain some of the natural shellac wax)
DENATURED Alcohol, BEHKOL / Shellac Reducer UPS Only
DENATURED ALCOHOL Shellac Solvent / Reducer
DENATURED Alcohol, Mohawk Shellac Reducer / (Behlen Behkol B650-2816),
is formulated specifically to dissolve shellac flakes,
and dilute or 'cut' liquid Shellacs.
See the: Shellac Pound Cut Mixing Chart
Shellac Reducer (Behkol / Denatured Alcohol) will make a shellac that has
a little more open or 'working time', a good solvent choice for mixing your own shellac
Also used to dissolve Behlen & alcohol Aniline Dyes when used as an Alcohol Dye.
Note: The 5 Gallon pails are Pick-Up or North Bay and Bay area delivery Only.
Call to arrange details.
Omega LILY VARNISHER'S / SHELLAC BRUSHES
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SHELLAC & VARNISHER'S Brushes
Natural Bristle Single fill, Only (1/4 - 5/16 in) thick.
Classic glider design, ideal for Shellac & Varnish.
This brush will yield a thin, uniform application
of shellac or varnish. The natural bristle brush is ideal for
shellac, varnish, and faux finishing of woodwork and furniture.
Pictured Sizes 20 - 80 mm
Genuine OMEGA, made in Italy.
Paper PAINT STRAINER CONES: MEDIUM & FINE
Medium & Fine Mesh STRAINER CONES
filter foreign matter or undissolved solid particles found in stains or finish coatings.
Paper Cone 6 in Dia., full flow cloth mesh tip leaves no finish in the strainer.
Seed, Button and Black shellacs benefit by filtering through layers
of medium Cheese Cloth first.
Use Fine Mesh for final straining of shellac, varnish, lacquers,
and most any furniture finish, especially when spraying.
Strain through Medium filter followed by FINE mesh straining for best results
FRENCH POLISHER'S HANDBOOK (1910 Reprint)
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FRENCH POLISHER'S HANDBOOK
(1910 Reprint) 104 pages, 5.8 in. x 8.3 in.
This Reprint is spiral bound with a protective cover -
great for in-shop use, lays perfectly flat & folds back on itself.
Pagination and format is an exact facsimile of the original book.
A valuable resource for those working on antiques.
Several historic finishing recipes are included.
The book includes some fascinating 'lost' information and recipes for furniture stains.
SEEDLAC is the least processed shellac. All other shellacs are made from this raw seedlac resin.
The insect feeds on the sap of the tree and secretes the Lac as a protective shell in which the female lay their eggs.
Seedlac is made from the branches that are covered by the Lac resin left by the lac bug, known as sticklac.
The sticklac is crushed to yield the seedlac. The Seedlac is sieved to remove organic materials, washed and dried in open air.
BUTTON Shellac has toughness and mar resistance that makes it the preferred shellac for finishing floors,
interior woodwork and French polishing musical instruments.
Waxy Shellac: Wax content provides some flexibility & moisture resistance.
'Waxy' shellacs are a good choice when the finish will be shellac only.
Use a DEWAXED Shellac for a universal sealer / primer and as a transitional coating between dissimilar finishes.
Use a Dewaxed Shellac when the topcoat, for extra water & alcohol resistance, will be a varnish, lacquer or urethane.
The Story of Shellac
by Zinsser Co., Inc.
In celebration of 155 years manufacturing shellac, Zinsser revised this booklet in 2004,
which was first published in 1913 and reprinted seventeen times throughout the years.