ColorTone Shellac

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Traditional instrument sealer/finish. ColorTone® shellac is a super pale platinum blonde supplied in dewaxed flakes for sealing, finishing and touchups.

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ColorTone Shellac 4-ounces


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ColorTone Shellac 1/2-pound


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Shellac for French-polishing a guitar finish

Dan Erlewine shows that shellac is great for finish repairs and for creating a French polish finish: a good gloss without spraying.

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Traditional instrument sealer/finish. ColorTone® shellac is a super pale platinum blonde supplied in dewaxed flakes for sealing, finishing and touchups.

It's compatible with most finishes and rubs out easily.

Dissolve shellac in Behkol solvent or denatured alcohol, in the amount you need for the job—no wasted finish or shelf life problems.

ColorTone® Shellac makes an excellent sealer over stains and under lacquer (helps keep fisheye-causing contaminates out of topcoats, too) and is useful for finish repairs and touchups. When the dry flakes are dissolved in alcohol the resulting shellac can be brushed, wiped on, French polished (using mineral oil as a lubricant), or sprayed in thin coats. Shellac has good clarity and compatibility with most finishes, is easy to rub out, and easy to repair with additional shellac.

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ColorTone Shellac

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By Huntzmeyer from IL
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 30, 2011

Nothing brings the wood to life like a good shellacking. My first French polish went well and looks great. The second and third are looking even better. Great stuff.

Great Shellac

By HaloHat from Seattle, WA USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 04, 2010

I highly recommend the ColorTone Shellac from Stewmac. It comes with a clear instruction sheet on how to mix the different "pound" mixtures. Do yourself a favor and grind up the shellac flakes as close as you can to a powder, it will take much less time to fully dissolve to its usable state. Still give it a good 24 hours and very important to give it a good stir every few minutes the first couple hours as the instructions will tell you. I used the Dewaxed Platina and it does not color the wood at all, very nice!

Excellent for maple necks

By JMurillo from Costa Rica
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 27, 2010

I french polished my guitar maple neck and it turned out to be the best option. No hazards, no special equipment, and no waiting. It gave a beautiful color and feels great. A final touch with the micro-mesh pads (sold here too) gave an incredible shine to it. Very easy to use.

Amber Shellac

By Anita Hales from Ketchikan Alaska
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I used this on an Irish Bouzouki I made. It is the first time I've successfully done a French Polish. It really brought out the figure of the bearclaw spruce top. This is a great product that has inspired me to do more French polishing.

Dewaxed Platina

By Mack Guitarworks from Hungary/Europe
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 03, 2010

I really like it, it creates an deep finish, without coloring. It's finish is very even with wetting the wood. It's really sticky but hard as it dries. It looks much harder as the amber shellac i used before. The finish seems very durable. It is the highest quality shellac which i ever had, but cost the twice. I like it, it will be my everyday shellac.

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