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DENATURED ALCOHOL (Behkol) Shellac Reducer • UPS Only •

Denatured Alcohols
(methylated spirits) for Shellac

Buy a good Shellac Solvent for making your own shellac finish.

A 'high test', 190 proof (5% denaturants), Denatured Ethanol Alcohol is preferred as a Shellac Flake Solvent.
Unfortunately NOT all Denatured Alcohols are equal, and there is No purity standard
or required ethanol content to be labeled “Denatured Alcohol”.

It is next to impossible to find 190-proof alcohol at the ‘big box’ home improvement or hardware stores. Many brands are formulated with as little as 50-60% Ethanol – and the balance are cheaper alcohols and denaturing solvents.

Recently we went in search of high-test Denatured Alcohol. Out of nine paint, hardware,
and home improvement stores, only one local paint store had a190 Proof Alcohol.

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) will list the ingredient percentages of the product (most can labels do not).
A 190 Proof Denatured Alcohol is operator and earth, ‘Green’, friendly.
Mohawk Shellac Reducer formerly (Behlen
Behkol) is a high test Denatured Alcohol.

If possible, buy locally and save on shipping.

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, shellac retarder will help eliminate over-spray and orange-peel.
Avoid over-use.
Keep in mind that use of the retarder will require longer drying times between coats of shellac.

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 Spirits’ is used in many parts of the world
in referring to Denatured Alcohol. Regulations have banned Methanol, current formulations use safer denaturants.

SHELLAC Reducer / Denatured Alcohol
& Shellac Retarder are available from: Wood Finish Supply

To avoid costly flammable shipping charges, we ship in quarts & single Gallons, by UPS Ground.


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• M650-0056  -  DENATURED ALCOHOL (Behkol) Shellac Reducer - Qt. • UPS Only •  -  $18.95  -  Quantity   
• FE200-015-1  -  DENATURED ALCOHOL (Behkol) Shellac Reducer - Gal. • UPS Only •  -  $44.95  -  Quantity   
• FE200-015-5  -  DENATURED ALCOHOL (Behkol) Shellac Reducer - 5 Gal. • Pick-Up •  -  $162.95  - 

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