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 when 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 & Gallons

•• Shellac Reducer ‘Behkol Alcohol’ (Denatured Alcohol) is formulated by MOHAWK specifically to dissolve shellac flakes and dilute or ‘cut’ liquid Shellacs.  Shellac Reducer 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)

Jun 222012


Rockhard™ Table Top Urethane Varnish

Maximum resistance to:
• Water  • Alcohol
• Food stains  • Chemicals  • Detergents
• Hard film abrasion & mar resistant
New SATIN Sheen
• Flows well off the brush and levels to a smooth, beautiful, long-lasting finish
In our testing, the Rockhard™ Varnish  handled nicely with the natural bristled LILY Varnish/ Shellac brushes.

The new Rockhard™ Table Top (urethane fortified) Varnish was formulated to provide a hard finish that will deliver maximum resistance to water, alcohol, food stains, chemicals, detergents, and other damaging liquids. This abrasion resistant finish is ideal for use on table tops as the name Rockhard proclaims. Its toughness also makes it ideal for use on wooden chairs, benches, desks, dressers, chests of drawers, vanities, bookcases, and many more.

To: Product Data Sheet

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Mar 032012

H. BEHLEN Finishing
Finishing Products Label Text

Label information from the product packages in a
Type Size You Can Read

If you wear reading glasses (I do) the type face on some small labels
is so tiny
a magnifying glass becomes necessary.
Even worse, sometimes a stain drip or sticky fingerprint obscures
the application information, drying times, or other important label text
& some information is too extensive to fit on the product label.

These frustrations gave birth to our  BEHLEN Label Text & Data Pages

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Dec 192011

H BEHLENPore-O-Pac  – Paste Wood Filler

To achieve a perfectly smooth Gloss finish (Piano Finish), filling the pores  in open grained woods is required. One customer described this finish as looking like a Mirror, or as smooth as a freshly frozen skating rink.

While other procedures and methods have been practiced, a Paste Wood Filler specifically designed for the process will give the most predictable result.  Pore-O-Pac will efficiently fill pores to provide a SMOOTH, FLAT ground on which to build a sealer coat and several gloss finish coats required for a classic filled, mirror smooth, Piano Finish.

See the can label instructions & application notes.
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