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Re: Selecting finish method for old pine washstand

Posted By: Jim Cole (64-40-66-229.dialup.mebtel.net)
Date: 6/6/2 08:20

In Response To: Selecting finish method for old pine washstand (lee)

Shellac can be used as a pre stain to control blotching on woods like pine. Brush on a 1lb. cut coat(cut the shellac 2 with 2 parts denatured alcohol to 1 part shellac) for sealing/controlling stain. Canned shellac should be good for a year, test it by brushing on a heavy coat o n a scrap, it should dry in 20-30 minuts at most. Once it is stained you can then build up 2 04 three coats of 3lb cut as finish if that is what you want Shellac is a pretty finish on pine. The Danish oil will also work well and is more forgiving for a first attempt. You are right not to sand any more than you have too, once the majority of the finish is removed you can usually was most of the remainder out with lacquer thinner or lacquer thinner/alcohol mixed 50/50. Caution this is a very flammable mix use only with plent of ventilation wear gloves and safety goggles. The lead in the paint should not caluse you any real problem, but you should shower and change clothes after sanding, and do not expose small children to the dust. If you hae a hazardous waste disposal facility or an annual day for disposal dry the stripped waste bag in plastic and dispose of it properly.

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