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1 – Q: Shellac is an old-fashioned, outdated finish.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


 

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

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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
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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

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AQUA COAT Clear Wood Grain Filler

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