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Thread: Garnet, Amber shellac..where?
11-29-2007, 03:59 PM #1
Garnet, Amber shellac..where?
A couple posters mentioned making touch ups on their 91/30's with either garnet or amber shellac. I went to three different places and was unable to find either types. Salesman I spoke to stated those colors are not real popular. My question is where did everyone get their shellac at, Lowes..Menards..Home Depot? Is there another colored shellac that might do which is more common?
11-29-2007, 04:02 PM #2
Zinsers brand shellacs - Sears Hardware.Godfather, Eibar Mafia
El Jefe Loco
11-29-2007, 04:41 PM #3
11-29-2007, 04:43 PM #4
you can get the zinsers at lowes.
11-29-2007, 08:06 PM #5
Stupid noob question: Is this Zinsers amber/garnet shellac already in a can, or is flakes? I would prefer it be in a can.
11-29-2007, 08:57 PM #6
11-30-2007, 06:29 AM #7
Yes, the Zinsers product is already in solution in a can, but for doing touch up or patching, I normally dilute it a bit more with denatured alcohol.Godfather, Eibar Mafia
El Jefe Loco
11-30-2007, 06:39 AM #8
I have both flakes and canned, and like the flakes because I can mix just what I need and dilute it to match the color.
11-30-2007, 06:41 AM #9
The stock itself is in good condition, but the seperate handguard has only about 20% of it's original shellac left. Should I just steel wool the rest of the shellac off and use the full strength Zinsers on it?
11-30-2007, 06:43 AM #10
11-30-2007, 08:57 AM #11
Also, I have used Zinsser's products are they are great for general purpose wood finishing. The amber shellac is light compared to some Mosin Nagant Finishes, so some people recommend a garnet shellac which you have to mix.
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11-30-2007, 09:27 AM #12
I start with the Zinsser Amber Shellac. I then use a tint base that I obtained at the Woodcraft Store. Because the underlying color of the stock is so variable it is nce to be able to mix small batches of light to very dark shellac. The red/brown seems to work best for me. They have other colors as well. It can also be mixed with Denatured Alcohol or tung oil etc. to make a stain etc.
11-30-2007, 09:49 AM #13
you can't add alcohol to lighten it, as it will evaporate, leaving the starting color. you lighten by mixing with clear shellac. Zinnser's only has clear and amber around here, I have never seen garnet.
11-30-2007, 10:29 AM #14
11-30-2007, 11:36 AM #15
11-30-2007, 11:36 AM #16
Shellac is a nice product once you use it a time or two. Very forgiving and fixable IMHO.