Special • SUPER PALE PLATINA

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Jan 082019
 

JUST ARRIVEDPhotos Coming Soon


Dewaxed SUPER PALE PLATINA Shellac
Extra Light toned, (lighter than Platina)

SUPER PALE, Extra Light Toned Platina Shellac,
PALE Transparent.

SUPER PALE Platina (Platinum) Blonde,
is the best shellac variety
if you want to impart the least amount of tone
to woods such as Maple and Spruce.

Shelf Life & Storage of Dewaxed Flake: One Year+, Cool, Dark, Sealed from moisture.
     Note: There is Limited Stock of this SPECIAL Production.

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7 Questions, Facts & Myths about Shellac for Wood Finishing

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Dec 212018
 

1 – Q: Shellac is an old-fashioned, outdated finish.

A: No, Shellac is all natural, organic, child safe.
Shellac has more modern features and ‘green’ benefits than any other wood finish in the world.

2 – Q: Shellac turns ugly and dark as it ages.

A: Shellac is naturally UV-resistant and does not yellow or darken with age.
The dark shellac seen in older homes is a less-refined version
that was naturally dark, or was tinted by finishers when dark wood colors were popular in the early 20th century.

3 – Q: Is shellac made from bugs or bug droppings?

A: No, Shellac is a resin secreted from the tree sap by the lac insect to form a cocoon, much like a silk worm.
It takes about 100,000 lac bugs to make 1 lb. of shellac resin.

4 – Q: Does a shellac finish turn white when water touches it?

A: A properly applied shellac finish is remarkably water-resistant and, in most cases, will stay clear after hours of exposure to water, making it a great finish for most interior surfaces, including woodwork, trim, doors, cabinets, paneling, furniture, and for floors, Button Shellac (yes, floors!)

5 – Q: Is Shellac brittle or easily scratched?

A: Shellac is a tough, durable finish that is less brittle than lacquer and is not easily scratched.
The process of making Button shellac yields a tougher resin. Unlike polyurethanes, a damaged shellac finish can be easily touched up or renewed by brushing on another thin coat.

6 – Q: Is Shellac compatible with other finishes?

A: Shellac will adhere tenaciously when applied over almost any other type of clean, wax free, and oil free finish.
(To assure a clean surface, especially on older grimy surfaces, use a wood cleaner like H. Behlen’s De-Waxer 741, to avoid possible stains or damage from water based cleaners.)

To seal wood before applying polyurethane or
other finishes, Bulls Eye® SealCoat™ is a shellac-based universal sanding sealer that is 100% wax-free.

For refurbishing a worn finish, a SealCoat makes an excellent transitional coating or bonding coat between an unknown coating and a new topcoat.
NOTE: (Regular shellac may not be compatible as a sealer under certain polyurethanes, as they contain small amounts of natural wax.)

7 – Q: Can I make a Shellac SealCoat?

A: Yes a ‘SealCoat’ is a DEWAXED Shellac Resin dissolved in
Behlen Behkol or a 190 Proof Denatured Alcohol.
With a wide color variety of Dewaxed Shellac Flakes, you can make your own universal sanding sealer in a range of light to deep tones to match your project.


 

Updated: BEHLEN Wood Finishing Products @ Shellac.net

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Sep 062018
 

New Link to:  H. Behlen Finishing Products Index:
behlensupply.com

We have been working to update our site @ Shellac.net Wood Finish Supply
for improved indexing and navigationFeedback or suggestions are welcome.

MULTIPLE ITEM ADD TO CART Feature
Hopefully a frustration reduction feature (for products with a variety of colors)
allows selection of several colors and different quantities of each & then,
Click on the “add to cart” button. This will eliminate the ‘back and forth’
to the shopping cart when ordering several colors of the same item.
See Example
@ BEHLEN Fill-Sticks

WE STOCK THE ENTIRE
H. BEHLEN Finishing WOOD FINISHING PRODUCTS CATALOG
H.BEHLEN Products have a new Master Listing and pages indexed by product category. The new layout incorporates the multiple add to cart feature.
The item quantities may also be adjusted in the shopping cart screen if desired.

Click Here for the   H. BEHLEN Finishing
WOOD FINISHING PRODUCTS listing by category & product #

See the online BEHLEN Color Guide to view or download
&
The current BEHLEN Factory Catalog (in PDF)
Download & View or Print out the pages you need.
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Eco-Orchard Paint

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Feb 242018
 

NOT A WOOD FINISH but we are interested in preserving and protecting trees that could become beautiful furniture or wood turning timber. This is why we offer Eco-Orchard Paint used by California Certified Organic Farmer members.


Introducing new Eco-Orchard Paint!
Reflective White Natural Sun Block for Tree Trunks

Fruit growers have long seen a need to protect tree trunks from the scalding sun.
During the heat of the day, trunks can expand, and then contract overnight in the cooler air, sometimes splitting the bark and damaging the tree.

A solution to this is to paint the tree trunks white to reflect the sun.
Sounds easy enough, but organic farmers, in particular, have had a hard time finding the right product to use that will safely comply with the stringent regulations placed on them, and at the same time be durable, long lasting and not wear down when it rains.

Eco-Orchard Paint is a newly formulated,all natural milk paint coating.
Old Fashioned Milk Paint company is happy to announce our Business Partnership with CCOF- California Certified Organic Farmers.

Eco-Orchard Paint provides an effective,
ecologically safe solution for preventing  sunscald, not only on organic farms, but for anyone interested in protecting their trees in the safest way possible.

Available in powder form to mix with water.
(Ships via Priority Mail, & no handling or packing fees added)

Eco-Orchard Sun Block Paint available in:
 • Pints … 13.95
 • Quarts … 20.95
• Gallons … 49.95
Click link above to view in shopping cart


Shellac.net Showroom – Open

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Jul 202017
 

Shellac.net Wood Finish Supply
& MERIT Industries

2325 #A First Street, Napa CA 94559
We are (most of the time) Open 5 days .. 10:00 to 5:00

&  Saturdaysby Appointment.

707-226-3623

We invite you to stop by our showroom when you’re in the Napa area.
We are located in the Olive Tan & Yellow building on the  east of Bell Signs
& at the rear of our off street parking.
First Street is a One Way Street going West.

Shellac.net Wood Finish Supply – Location Map

From Hwy 29 take the First Street off ramp and go south one short block
& turn East on Second Street one block
turn left at Seymour  for one block and turn left again onto First street.

Shellac.net Variety Listing
To: H.BEHLEN & other Finishing Materials
To: MERIT Industries products index

NEW CROP – Bysakhi Button Shellac

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May 082017
 

Bysakhi Button Shellac
Now Shipping


Varieties of shellac resin differ primarily in color as well as properties.
The type of tree, climate conditions, the region where harvested, and the time of year harvested all play a role
in determining the different colors and shellac varieties.

Handmade Button Shellac is produced by placing Seedlac into a long narrow cloth bag and heating with a charcoal fire.
One end of the bag is attached to a windless and is gradually twisted.
The heat from the charcoal fire melts the seedlac which is forced through the cloth by pressure.
The molten lac is scraped off and placed onto metal sheets and left to dry.
The making of Lac buttons requires considerable manual skill and long experience.

Listing: Bysakhi Button Shellac 



CLEAR WOOD GRAIN FILLER

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Mar 182017
 

NOW AVAILABLE

Aqua Coat logo

Aqua Coat CLEAR WOOD GRAIN
& Pore FILLER

AQUA COAT Clear Wood Grain Filler

Professionally-Proven, Environmentally-Friendly Water Based Filler
•  Easy application and clean-up  •  Non-toxic
•  Non-flammable  •  Non-combustible
Click Here for More Information:

Aqua Coat Clear Grain Filler, the secret to smooth finish on open pore
and coarse grain woods!
Available Here:

 

New ! Behlen Waterborne Rockhard™ Brushing Varnish

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May 082016
 

H. Behlen Waterborne Rockhard™ Brushing Varnish

The NEW  Waterborne Brushing Varnish is a high quality, non-yellowing acrylic / urethane top coat that provides a beautiful finish that will enhance the beauty of wood projects. Rockhard™ Waterborne Brushing Varnish is low odor, fast drying and low VOC. It is easy to apply and has excellent leveling properties. It is a high solids, self-sealing finish that provides faster build withfewer coats for superior results. Available in semi-gloss, satin, & flatt sheens.

Rockhard™ Waterborne Brushing Varnish Highlights:
• Urethane / Acrylic blend
• Low odor
• Easy to use
• Can be applied with brush
• Dries quickly
• High solids
• Excellent leveling properties!

B603-21606 __ Semi-Gloss (Sealer & build coats)
B603-21406 __ Satin
B603-21206 __ Flatt


New Book – French Polishing

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Aug 252013
 

FRENCH POLISHING

Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques

“There has been much written on French polishing, never has an offering been so well illustrated — it is complete and well done, you will find it a valuable reference.
We more than recommend this book, if you have any interest in learning about
French polishing or improving your craft, BUY THIS BOOK !

Get the inside story from a hands-on pro. You can easily master all aspects of French polishing with this complete guide with all the must-know details, including:

  • frenchpolishingbookTechniques for applying layers of shellac to achieve a warm glow
  • Step-by-step instructions for restoring an old finish to its former beauty
  • Properly preparing the wood surface before beginning
  • Choosing the right products and materials to do the job
  • Solving the most common problems woodworkers encounter
  • Tips for getting flawless results every time

French Polishing
Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques
• ISBN: 9781621136729  • Paperback  • 5 7/8 x 8 1/4  • 112 pages
• well illustrated, over 150 color photos, & many highlighted ‘Pro Tips’

To Purchase See: Shellac Variety & Price Listing

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Solving Wood Finish Problems

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Jan 212019
 

Solving Spray (and other) Wood Finishing Problems

There are many variables that can lead to a poor or failed finish.
Many spray, and other, finish problems can be traced to more than just one cause.
For reliable and consistent finish results, is important to identify and fix the causes not just the symptoms causing the problems.

First:
  • Select a recommended finish to meet the project requirements.
 • Follow the finish manufacturers application instructions.
 • When Spraying, adjust spray equipment for the work environment,
   the weather conditions, and the finish material requirements.

The following guide will help identify finish problems and suggest causes and the corrections required. Finishing problems are often a combination of 2 or more causes. By correcting the cause of the problem, achieving the perfect finish will be much easier.
Read through this entire document so you can spot finish problems
before or as they arise.

        See: Solving Wood Finish Problems
(Much of the trouble shooting guide will also apply to brush
as well to spray application methods.)

Nov 032018
 

H. BEHLEN FinishingSmooth Coat Lacquer

New Name (says what it delivers) with the same Great Features!
Buffcote
Aerosol now called Smooth Coat Lacquer (aka Waxing Lacquer)

A Hand Rubbed Feel and Look straight from the can.

Smooth Coat Lacquer has 3 attributes that make it one
of the best, if not the best, aerosol for applying a Final Topcoat finish
on small to medium sized projects.

1.     The solids content are over 15%, well above the average aerosol.
As a result, Smooth Coat builds surprisingly quickly for an aerosol.

2.     A Fan spray head creates a wide spray pattern and delivers the lacquer at a high rate.
The Special Spray head and high solids facilitate a fast build, easy to apply finish.

3.     Smooth Coat contains a special wax formulation sheered into the lacquer.
Smooth Coat’s formulation allows the lacquer to flow, and level exceptionally well.

No actual rubbing needed,
just the look and feel of a hand rubbed and waxed finish.

Using BEHLEN Smooth Coat™
Smooth Coat
Aerosol Lacquer builds quickly and feels silky smooth.
The  additive dries as part of the finish resulting in a topcoat film, right out of the can,
that feels and looks like it has been hand rubbed and wax polished.

Note: (Smooth Coat™ is intended as a Topcoat ONLY
Build the finish with a sealer coat and one or two applications of Gloss Lacquer
(for clarity and durability
)

More  Info & Smooth Coat Finishing Schedule

To: Aerosols Listing

Sep 292018
 

“Not all Denatured Alcohols are equal”

USE a GOOD Shellac Solvent for making your own shellac ‘Seal Coat’ finish.
A ‘denaturant’ is added to Ethanol Alcohol (a drinkable spirit) to make it unfit for consumption.
The original denaturant was Methanol Alcohol.
The term ‘methylated spirit’ is still sometimes used referring to Denatured Alcohol. ——–

Unfortunately NOT all Denatured Alcohols are equal and there is no purity standard for ethanol content to be labeled  “Denatured Alcohol”. High test, 190 proof (5% denaturents), Denatured Alcohol is preferred as a Shellac flake solvent.

It is next to impossible to find a 190 proof alcohol at the ‘big box’ home improvement or hardware stores. Many brands have as little as 50-60% Ethanol – and the balance cheaper alcohols and denaturing solvents.
Recently I went
in search of high test Denatured. Out of ten paint, hardware and home improvement stores – only the local Sherwin Williams paint store had 190 Proof. The Material Safety Data Sheet will list the ingredient percentages of the product (most cans do not).

A 190 Proof Denatured Alcohol is operator and earth, ‘Green’, friendly.
“Klean-Strip Green” is one retail brand of ‘190’ Proof Denatured Alcohol.
If you find a 190 proof Denatured Alcohol, buy locally and save on shipping.

We ship Alcohol in quarts to avoid costly flammable shipping charges.

Available from Shellac.net
•• Select 190 proof Denatured Alcohol Shellac Flake Solvent
– excellent for padding and french polishing.
or
•• ‘Behkol Alcohol’ (Denatured Alcohol) is formulated by BEHLEN specifically to dissolve shellac flakes and dilute or ‘cut’ liquid Shellacs.  Behkol will make a shellac that has a little more open and working time.

Shop Note: By using a known Denatured Alcohol proof or purity and settling on a brand you will have more predictable results by eliminating one finishing variable.

We adjust for weather and heat conditions by adding SHELLAC Retarder (not lacquer retarder).
When the shellac is drying too fast due to heat, low humidity, or excessive airflow, add just enough retarder to enable easy application.
When spraying, shellac retarder will help eliminate over-spray and orange-peel.
Avoid over-use of the retarder.  Keep in mind that use of the retarder will require longer drying times between coats of shellac.

To: ‘Pound Cut’ Mixing Ratio
for Shellac Flake in Denatured Alcohol
Printable vesion (pdf)