My Failed Attempt at Shellac'ing

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  1. TastyPasty

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    So... I spent about 3 hours or so trying to shellac my Deville after reading guruyans post and... it did not come out so great.

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    First off, I am a novice, gururyans instructions were great, the problem was that I didn't follow them as well as I should have, nor was I all that careful. Anyway...I did it in somewhat of a rush, which yielded terrible results (namely the top looking like someone barfed on it), the sides looking splotchy and drippy... etc, etc.I could use the "It's a relic!!!" excuse, but I'd much rather have my amp looking like gururyans...

    Anyway... is there anything I can do to save it?

    Will more coats of shellac solve the problem or do I need to look into re-covering my amp ....:(
     
  2. tonezoneonline

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    You can try and remove most of the shellac with some denatured alcohol.
    If your using canned shellac cut it by 1/3 with the alcohol before trying to apply it again.Use a china bristle brush.I use badger hair brushes but they are expensive.Do not overbrush shellac.Try to lay on an even coat in one direction.
     
  3. TastyPasty

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    Thanks tonezone and BlueJakester.
     
  4. PB Wilson

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    The beauty of shelac is that it is easily reversible. It is a bit more difficult to apply than your garden variety varnish, but the results are worth it. Don't try to push it around. Try to let it flow out of your brush and let it sit. This takes a bit of practice, so you might want to work on scrap for a bit to get the feel. I think you can get it in spray cans which might be a bit easier to apply, but it will take more coats. Best of luck!
     
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    Oops, I found the other thread and he used spray for the top coats. Anyway, good luck.
     
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    That reminds me of what my father said to me one time when I painted the fence. "That's quite a mess you made there, sunshine!"

    :)

    It sounds like you'll be able to get this shellac off alright. I do have to ask why you'd want to bother with putting it on in the first place?
     
  7. brad347

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    reminds me of something my dad used to tell me:

    "One learnin's worth two tellin's"

    take yr time grasshopper :D

    Damn I sound old.
     
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    You might try straight denatured alcohol to pull some of the thick spots down to the thin spots. That worked for me when I shelaced a cane grill. The alcohol dries so fast that is the reason you can't work the stuff even.
     
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    How wide is your brush? It appears to be a narrow one, as you're not getting a consistent stoke apparently. Also, that baffleboard should pop right out. Keep us updated!
     
  10. Rich M

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    Looking at the photo, it looks like the shellac has filled in the low spots, no? You may want to blot the stuff out with an alcohol soaked rag. Good luck!
     
  11. TastyPasty

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    I'm making progress I suppose... I tried the denatured alochol and it worked pretty well in helping me get some of the main splotches out. Now I have a new problem: there are 2-3 spots on the top of my amp that refuse to absorb any shellac. They're significantly lighter than the rest of my amp, but every time I try to brush some shellac on, it just runs to the edges.

    Any solutions?

    Thanks for all the replies and help by the way.
     
  12. Rich M

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    What kind of glue did you use to put the covering on with? Is it possible that some of that soaked through the cloth? Did you have this problem with the first shellacing?
     
  13. Dana

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    I actually kind of like it.

    Good Job! :AOK
     

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