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.)

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1 – Q: Shellac is an old-fashioned, outdated finish.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

To: Aerosols Listing

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.
• • • • •

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

BEHLEN Aerosol List

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May 152016
 

H. BEHLEN Finishing
Wood Finishing Aerosol List

by Product Category & Number

We hope these one page listings, will make finding the product you need & placing an aerosol order easier.

For more information on an item or specific product categories –
Please see:
•  Clear Aerosol Lacquers and Sealers

•  Aerosol Lacquer Toners

•  The complete selection of PREMIER Clear Aerosols  (including Semi-Gloss)

•  BEHLEN Finishing Produsts Index with a search tool for the site.