Stick Shellac

This is a specialty filler product, not sold everywhere. Woodworking and craft supply houses have it. What you buy are small sticks of colored hard shellac. There also are stick lacquers and stick sealing waxes available. These sticks melt when heated, and the softened material is used to fill holes and dents.

Color Choices The lacquer and the shellac can be purchased in both opaque and transparent forms, and you should be able to buy a color very close to the one you need. The best way is to buy sets of a dozen or so colors in both transparent and opaque. The sealing wax comes only in the opaque. We like stick shellac but many refinishers prefer stick lacquer.

To repair splits and dents, try latex wood filler — probably the easiest repair product on Ihe market. It accepts stain well does not shrink much, and can be sanded when dry

Apply the hot spatula blade to the stick of shellac as you hold it over the repair. Allow the shellac to drip into the repair or lift some of the soft shellac with the blade

Select the color closest to the color of the finish. Light a can of Sterno or use an alcohol lamp to heat the blade of a spatula (Do not heat by candle flame, as this will deposit carbon on the blade which will discolor the stick shellac.)

Use the spatula blade to smooth out the shellac On an edge repair also use it to shape the shellac to the same shape as the edge

REPAIRING A We always advo-DENT USING cate practicing with STICK SHELLAC any material before using it on your project, and stick shellac is no different. You can learn its characteristics and then use it to your best advantage.

Step 1: Preparing the Surface To repair a deep dent, clean out the bottom of the dent first. If the bottom is smooth, scratch it a little with the knife blade, to give the shellac a rough surface to which to adhere.

Step 2: Heating the Stick Then hold the shellac stick directly over the dent and apply a hot knife blade or soldering iron to it. The shellac will melt and drop into the dent. Allow enough shellac drip to

Because the wood at the bottom oi the gouge is white, we begin by dabbing it with stain the approximate color of the surface This is necessary because the stick shellac is transparent.

Select the color closest to the color of the finish. Light a can of Sterno or use an alcohol lamp to heat the blade of a spatula (Do not heat by candle flame, as this will deposit carbon on the blade which will discolor the stick shellac.)

more than fill the hole, so that the repair is a little rounded.

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  • Zufan
    How do I use stik shellac to repair furniture?
    8 years ago
  • saare
    Where to shellac sticks for furniture repair'?
    7 years ago
  • Aija Pielinen
    What stick to wood the best putty or Shellac?
    4 years ago

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