Shellac’s Great Properties
Zinsser booklet revised 2004, first published in 1913
and reprinted seventeen times throughout the years.
Shellac has such remarkable properties that if it were just recently discovered, it would be hailed as the miracle finish of the 21st century.
Shellac is an all-natural resin that is harvested regularly
and is, therefore, a renewable resource.
Shellac is dissolved in denatured ethyl alcohol. It has a mild,
antiseptic odor that dissipates quickly as the product dries.
Shellac is user-friendly and virtually goof-proof.
It can be applied with a brush, pad, sprayer or wiping cloth.
Shellac dries to the touch in MINUTES and, in most cases,
can be sanded or recoated in little more than half an hour.
- Cold temperature application –
Unlike other finishes, shellac can be applied in cold temperatures
(40° F. and below) without concern over proper drying and curing.
- Non-toxic / hypoallergenic –
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has certified shellac
as a protective glaze for candy and pharmaceuticals.
- Non-yellowing / non-darkening –
Shellac is UV-resistant and will not yellow
or darken with age, unlike oil-base finishes.
- Enhances the beauty of wood grain –
Shellac brings out the rich warmth of wood grain.
Finished surfaces look soft and natural, not plastic-coated.
- Sticks to glossy surfaces and finishes –
Shellac is prized by everyone who uses it for its incredible adhesion.
It will stick to just about anything.
- Dried film is impervious to odors –
Two or more coats of shellac will seal in any kind of odor
in any type of porous surface.
Shellac is one of the world’s most effective stain and knot sealers,
another reason why we use it to make B-I-N® Primer-Sealer.
- Easy to touch up and recoat –
Unlike other finishes, shellac can be easily touched up if it is scratched or worn; a new coat of shellac melts itself into the existing coat.
- Easy to clean up or remove –
Shellac is dissolved by household ammonia as well as alcohol,
making it very easy to clean brushes and other tools.
Best of all, a shellac finish looks great!
Shellac imparts a clear, hard film with a high gloss
that can be buffed to a glowing, velvety sheen.
Shellac in liquid and aerosol form is still the craftsman’s choice
as a finish for woodwork and as a protective sealer for countless uses.
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