Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 25
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bob Love This Stuff
I have used polyurethane varnish for many years on most projects. I recently remodeled a bathroom and wanted to try something different. The scoop on shellac has it as more water-resistant than polyurethane, so I decided to give it a try.
This stuff goes on easily, and it has less of a tendency to drip than polyurethane. I presume that;s because it dries faster, which means you have to work a little faster -- not much faster, but noticeably so. The nice thing about it is that, if there's an imperfection in your work, a little wipe-down with denatured alcohol smooths it out and you simply recoat it. Easy. Of course, alcohol will work it's "magic" on shellac whether you want it to or not, so it's probably not a good finish for a cocktail table or bar. Again, if accidents happen, spot repairs can be done with shellac much more easily than with varnish.
One more thing I like: two coats will give a nice, glossy finish. After mine cured, a quick, VERY light once-over with some 0000 steel wool brought the gloss down to match woodwork in adjoining rooms. Very happy with the result.
BONUS: Natural, non-toxic when dried.
June 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Maguro2 Best finishing product for doors an cabinetry in home use
I find that applying shellac in very light applications makes the wood come to life it gives it a beautiful sheen and it dries extremely fast. I use a soft cloth and it becomes a child's play.(USE disposable gloves i.e. latex) then when it is well dry use a very fine steel wool to lightly smooth the few asperities. I usually apply twice and it does the job. I find Shellac a better product because 1) the vapors are very minimal as compared with other products. I do not know if it would be good for floors, bu for finishing vertical doors and inside of cabinetry it is F A N T A S T I C
August 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jeff 1-QT. CLEAR SHELLAC TRADITIONAL FINISH AND SEALER
Lot easier to appply than polyurethane and plycrylic. Veery forgiving using wipe on than brushing.
August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chuck Moving to natural finishes
I'm trying to move toward natural material for my projects. I was impressed with the Shellac, I likely needed to cut the product to help minimize the brush strokes on the project. I used 2 coats and then finished it was paste wax.
I was surprised at how well the finish came out. The product was dry within 1 hour of applying and made quick work of the job.
August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nick Your standard shellac
Shellac is amazing stuff. An all-natural finish that can provide anything from a high gloss to a matte finish, depending on how you rub it out. The classic choice for hundreds of years of fine furniture and instrument making. Zinsser is the only brand you can get off the shelf nowadays. Otherwise, you have to order from specialty houses online, and make your own cut from lac flakes and denatured alcohol. Zinsser is perfectly good, with this clear shellac only adding a slight yellowing to your finished product. Work quickly, apply several coats, and rub out, and you can obtain a lovely finish to last several lifetimes (as long as it stays indoors and you don't spill your booze on it).
July 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Oldman Clear shellac
Instructions are easy to follow and the finish was nice and deep. I used four coats because it was a musical instrument.
June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DNT Awesome and historic!!
Sprays great and dries fast, able to put multiple coats on in no time.
April 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Digger Need a quick and easy finish shellac is the way to go!
I have used shellac for many years. It is a great sealer of raw wood. Apply a thinned down coat to the wood and it will be dry and ready for sanding within 30 minutes. You can apply more coats or change to wipe on poly for a great and durable finish. Don't forget the denatured alcohol to clean your brushes. If you see a drip after apply the finish you can rub it out with the alcohol. Can't do this with polyurethane.
March 15, 2016