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Re: top finish for painted bookshelves

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-127.rconnect.com)
Date: 7/10/2 21:45

In Response To: Re: top finish for painted bookshelves (Jim Cole)

I did a shellac finish over oil base paint and it worked woderfully, it gave the paint a depth and feel that was superior to the paint alone. I used a light 1000 grit wet dry sand paper (wet with water) dusted with a tack cloth, and gave the whole thing a thin coat with a nap type aplicator, for smoothness, avoid any over laping if possible. The resulting finish was smooth easy to clean and added a little class to a drab coat of paint. Make shure you wait 60 hours for fresh oil base to cure first, strain and thin the shellac about 10% with painters alcohol. Give it two coats if needed and buff with 0000 steel wool after it has had 8 hours to cure, unless you want a gloss sheen.

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