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Subject:
Re: Laziness..
Response To:
Laziness.. ()

Wiley Horne
David,

Let me see if I understand—I’ve never French-polished anything. I hear: the basic process is you have some shellac (Ithink you said not dewaxed), and you have an oil source—in your case the oil source is an oil-based stain product. And you have some kind of a rubber—like a piece of wool. So rather than get some oil and some shellac on the rubber, you are laying on a coat of oil/stain over the work piece, then picking up shellac on the rubber and working it into the oil finish in tight circles??? With plenty of elbow grease. And keep doing that til the surface develops a close-to-the-wood gloss finish. Is that close?

And you experiment with prestaining with another color water-based dye.

Wiley

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