May 142022
 

Getting the most from your Lacquer Finishes
When & Why To Use
Flash-Off™ Control Solvent & Lacquer Blush Retarder

Lacquer Retarder helps avoid Blushing  caused by Cold Humid Wet Weather
Lacquer retarder is used to help eliminate “blushing”, the white foggy look caused by HIGH humidity or rainy and cool/cold weather. This blush sometimes is only observed in areas where the build of the coating is thicker such as bull-nosed edges.
Blush retarder keeps the finish wet longer allowing the trapped moisture to escape the coating. Another advantage is an even flow of the lacquer.
To Eliminate
Orange
Peel & Over-Spray,

Use Flash-Off Control Solvent

  The Hot Weather Additive.
Generally,
Blush Retarder Is Overused.
In cases of orange peel or overspray,
Flash-Off Control Solvent is the best choice to solve the problem.Flash-Off Control is used to improve the flow of lacquers and lacquer sealers without slowing the overall drying time.
The addition of a few ounces of Flash-Off Solvent per gallon of lacquer will solve orange peel and overspray roughness.
Flash-Off Control Solvent will improve flow and yield overall film smoothness. 
Flash-Off Control Solvent Use:
Add 3 to 5 ounces, Flash-OFF per gallon, to Mohawk air dry nitrocellulose, pre-catalyzed and post-catalyzed lacquer coatings. More Flash-Off may be added, up to10% by volume if needed, but that will increase dry time.
DO NOT add Flash Off Control to water base lacquers or conversion varnishes.
(NOT for use with Shellac)

About Lacquer Thinners
:

Avoid Overuse of Lacquer Thinner
Most lacquers come ready to spray. This includes Pre & Post Catalyzed, Air Dry, Instrument & Piano lacquers. If the spray gun is set properly, add Lacquer Thinner only as absolutely necessary to achieve a proper spray pattern. Adding more thinner does not help the flow-out or drying time.

Control lacquer flow-out with Flash-Off Control Solvent. If blushing is the problem, use a small percentage of blush retarder.

L
acquer solids generally are somewhere between 20% – 25% solids and formulated to be, Air Quality VOC’s (volatile organic compounds / smog pre-cursers), compliant as labeled. Adding thinner will result in a non-compliant coating. Excess thinner or reducer results in a thinner coat of finish,
thus requiring additional coats to achieve the required appearance and enough thickness to provide a protective coating.

 

Finishing Classes / Workshops

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May 052022
 

Finishing Classes / Workshops
Napa California

For information on future seminars and classes
Please Email To:
wfs@mcn.org
Subject:
Send Class Information
Include Your: Full Name, Mail Address, Phone #,
Note your specific area of intrest in finishing.
(new finishes, refinishig, antiques, instruments, etc.)

Some of the subjects Covered,
with a focus on Furniture Finishes:

• Understanding the Substrate
• Glue Selection and Finishing Problems
• Selectinng The Right Finish for the Project;
Shellac, Wax, Oils, Varnishes, Lacquers
• Specality Finishes & Lacquer Varieties
• Dyes Stains:
Waterborne & Traditional Oil Formulations
• Color Matching & Color Theory for the Fnisher
• Lighting – manage the laws of light to improve any finish
• Basic Finishing Schedules

  Sealers, Topcoats, Finish Rub Out, Waxes
• Finish Application Methods and Advantages

• Brush & Spray Equipment Selection
• New Finishes, Refinishing, Restoration of Finishes
• Finish Touch-up and Damage Repair
• SHELLAC; Types, Varieties , Mixing, Blending, Application
Also, Half day Class
Developing a finishing schedule and color matching an existing finish.


Wood Finish Supply Shellac.netMerit Industries
an Authorized MOHAWK Distributor



Unvaccinated Mask Request

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Mar 052022
 

Our Showroom is Open
2465 Second Street, Napa Ca 94559

COVIDUpdate Unvaccinated persons are requested to Wear a Mask Indoors
Thank You!

 707-299-8016 or 707-391-4042 Monday – Friday

Online Web Orders will be shipped promptly via Mail or UPS

Wood Finish Supply – Shellac.netMerit Industries
an Authorized MOHAWK Distributor

Thank You for your support, we appreciate your business
Ron, Pete & Shannon


Dewaxed PLATINA (Platinum) Blonde

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Dec 232021
 

Dewaxed PLATINA Shellac
SUPER PALE, Extra Light Toned Platina Shellac,
PALE Transparent.
Dewaxed  PLATINA (Platinum) Blonde,
an excellent shellac choice 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.
   CLICK here
To Order PLATINA


New Item – MERIT 800 Burn-In Knife

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Mar 282021
 

#800 Electric BURN-IN KNIFE 18 watt 120 Volt
Electric Burn In Knife
The MERIT 800 Knife is a smaller handled,
light weight, professional Burn-In Knife,
excellent for delicate work. T
his 120 Volt Knife features a 6 foot 2-wire neoprene
power cord and includes a wire support sand.
The mica-insulated nichrome heating element provides steady temperature and long element life
The 18 watts develops an ample temperature of 750°f.
Our lighter weight knife is designed with a smaller handle, for ease of control.
The 800 knife is excellent for delicate or small repairs, especially in confined areas. – Our Favorite Electric Knife!

See more information and 800 Burn-In Kits Here


Feb 112021
 

Shellac.net Wood Finish SupplyAn Authorized Mohawk Distributor

As of June 1st 2019 the H.Behlen Finishing Products
were transitioned
to the Mohawk Finishing label.

Not every product was included in the transition,
in that there are good Mohawk
equivalents for those items.

Products that have been made using the same formula for years
will be co-labeled with both Behlen & Mohawk Product numbers.
Many products are the exactly the SAME and others have an exact match in the Mohawk brand.

See our online catalog @ mohawakfinishsupply.com

Some H.Behlen Products are still available,
Co-branded items will show the Behlen product # in the description.
For information or questions,
Please Phone our support line: 707-391-4042



 

Behlen Formula QUALASOLE – NOW SHIPPING

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Jan 182021
 

Original BEHLEN QUALASOLE™
Behlen B611-00016   •   Mohawk M638-22706

        YES !  (back by popular demand).
By special order and production QUALASOLE™
will soon be
available
sporting the Mohawk and Behlen logos and product numbers.

The original BEHLEN QUALASOLE™ is an exclusive product,
manufactured expressly for Wood Finish Supply / Shellac.net
 > > >  IN STOCK & Shipping Now

To The Order Page: QUALASOLE™ is available in quart bottles,
priced at $29.95 + shipping.

Read the application information from the 1944 Behlen Book
“The Art of Wood Finishing”


Sep 212020
 

Shellac.net Wood Finish Supply & MERIT Industries
Mohawkfinishsupply.com
Authorized Mohawk Distributor
NEW Location,  2465 Second Street, Napa CA 94559
We are (most of the time) Open 5 days .. 8:00 am to 4:00
pm
&  Saturdays – by Appointment.

 707-299-8016
Please stop by our NEW showroom when you’re in the Napa area.
Location Map 2465 2nd St. Napa
New Access:
from Hwy 29 take the First Street exit
at the Roundabout,
RIGHT on California (One block)
& RIGHT on Second St. to 2465
(From downtown take 2nd St. west, one block past California to 2465)

See: Shellac.net  Variety Listing
To: MOHAWK, H.BEHLEN & Select Finishing Materials
To: MERIT Industries products index


Bysakhi Button Shellac

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Jan 202020
 

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 



Jul 242019
 

Ultra Penetrating NGR DYE – JET BLACK
The beautiful deep JET BLACK Dye
(Behlen Formula)

is back in production and SHIPPING.

Available here: in Pints, Quarts, Gallons

Ultra® Penetrating NGR (Non Grain Raising) DYE. Excellent fade & UV resistance.
Intermix to arrive at custom colors.
Reduce color intensity with NGR Reducer, Acetone, or Shellac Solvent Denatured Alcohol.

    See: NGR (Non Grain Raising) Dye application & use information


 

Jun 302019
 

H BEHLEN

Aerosol Musts
Please Read: Get Top Results from your Aerosols

Storage for use: 65° F – 85° F.  – Store Out of the direct sun.

Shake Well before each use.

To Understand How Important shaking and clearing the tube is

For New Cans:
Shake Well 2 Minutes: especially Colored lacquers, Stains, Glazes,
Clear Aerosols; Semi-Gloss, Satin, Matt, Flatt, Dead Flatt


Mar 092019
 

DVD de retoque y reparación de madera
Wood Touch Up & Repair DVD
– SPANISH

El sistema de entrenamiento iteractivo de
Mohawk está diseñado para entrenarlo a Ud.
a hacer retoques y arreglos sobre productos
de madera haciendo uso de las técnicas más
avanzadas que existen al respecto en esta industria.
Este video interactivo incluye instrucciones
sobre las siguientes áreas:
• El análisis del daño  • El relleno de los daños
• El reemplazo de colores 
• El reemplazo de las vetas
• La aplicación por puntos de um acabado

• El ajuste del brillo  • La eliminación de rayas
• El cuidado del acabado 
• …Y muchas más
“Este es un excelente DVD para el aprendizaje de reparaciones de acabado de madera”

Comprar el DVD


Mar 072019
 

Solving Common Wood Finishing Problems
(Recommended reading for all finishers)

Regardless of your finish of choice, water or solvent based, both modern and
traditional coatings require many of the same considerations for application success.

First:
• Select a recommended finish to meet the project requirements.
•  Read The Directions.
Most finishes work best at around 72°F and a humidity of 4o% or less.

•  Follow the manufactuers guidelines.
Finish drying and curing depend on temperature, humidity and air flow.

So far there is Not a finish material
that says it will dry faster if you are in a hurry!

Creating a Fine Finish, by brush or spray, requires attention to many factors
including environment, finish material, selection of spray or brush equipment, and more.

Read through this entire document so you can spot finish problems
before or as they arise.

This self help problem solving guide identifies the source and the fix for many issues that can prevent the achievement of a perfect finish.


7 Questions 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
Mohawk Wax Wash, 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
Mohawk Shellac Reducer / 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.


 

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


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:

 

French Polishing

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Nov 012022
 

French Polishing —

French Polishing is the name given to the process of coating wood with a solution of shellac dissolved in alcohol, using a “rubber” made of rag and cotton wool instead of with a brush. The alcohol evaporates, leaving the shellac deposited upon the wood.
When applied correctly it
produces what is possibly the finest looking finish for furniture. Shellac was first introduced into Europe about the 16th Century, but the term FRENCH POLISH was not used until about 1820, when the process was developed by a French cabinet maker.

The 4 page PDF Guide to French Polishing

Jethwa Button Shellac

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Oct 012022
 

Back In Stock!

JETHWA Button Lac

an early crop button produced of seedlac
harvested from the Beri tree.

Jethwa Button is a Caramel Amber shellac with a reddish tint,
The Jethwa tone is slightly richer than the Kusmi #1 Button,
it is not as dark as the Kusmi #2 button.

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