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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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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Ratings & Reviews

ColorTone Shellac

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Great product

By KoolKatKen from Auckland, NZ
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 04, 2014

Flakes dissolve well and go on smoothly and very clear so does not distort or change the colours of the inlays. Will use more.

I love it!

By Gustav from Sweden
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 14, 2013

It really makes the wood come alive

old school finish

By Scott from Millstadt, IL 
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 12, 2013

great quality flakes.

My favorite shellac

By justinarts from West Texas, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 06, 2013

I have been using this shellac for several years and it is great. Always consistent and dependable for French Polish. Thanks StewMac

Easy to work with sealer

By tb from Portland OR
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 29, 2013

I grabbed a small bag to use on a few projects after dealing with fish-eye. I had no issue dissolving the flakes in DNA and application was a snap. So far no issues with the finish coats this time around.


By Kyle's ukes from Kapolei
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 18, 2012

First time user of shellac. Looks nice, builds faster than I had expected. I mixed it with the "regular" denatured alcohol that you get from the big box stores, not the recommended denatured alcohol. Worked well. I took a guess and used the 1-1/2" of denatured alcohol to cover the flakes method vice measuring and weighing the flakes, since I do not have a small scale, and I wanted to mix in very small batches. Therefore I don't know what cut I have. But as mentioned, it looks really nice and builds fast.... Great stuff. Don't be afraid to try. I was afraid to try for a long time. Easy to work with.

awesome of French Polish

By prubin from new york, ny
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 11, 2012

tried the shellac for french polishing a maple tele neck. Product was easy to mix and fully dissolved in denatured alcohol in 24 hours.Be prepared with some measuring cups to measure out the desired "cut". Each packet of shellac flake came with a measuring table for the various "cuts" of shellac, really taking guess work out of the equation and gives a nice reference for the next time

Platina Shellac

By Bruce McElhaney from Spring Lake, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 23, 2012

The shellac I received wasn't in normal flakes, it was in granules and clumps as if someone had ground them up, or they had melted? However, they seemed to dissolve OK.

Best finish yet!

By Dingobass from Perth, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I got the Blonde shellac and it is just the best finish I have seen yet! It takes some work but if you follow the directions given by Dan Earlewine you will get great results as Dan demystifies the art of French Polish. Thanks Dan!

Great finish

By Buckone from Baltimore, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 27, 2012

First time using french polishing technique on a restoration. Came out exactly as I wanted and amazingly easy way to achieve a great finish. Stewmac makes available not only to the pro's but also smaller quantities for us just doing smaller projects. Thanks!

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