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.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

How to French polish for a fast finish without spraying

Dan Erlewine finishes up a last-minute present for his granddaughter: a tiny-size Gibson J-45. With her birthday just around the corner, he needs a good finish and he needs it fast!

Product Instructions

How and why to mix fresh shellac

Dan Erlewine shares his experience working with, and knowledge of, shellac.

Ratings & Reviews

ColorTone Shellac

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Excellent quality

By Avoka from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dissolves well and consistently.

go natural

By ron hyde from wa.
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, February 21, 2012

French polishing is the only way you can apply a finish at your kitchen table in the middle of winter! You just have to keep a little orange juice on the table to soak up any extra everclear

I'll never use anything else

By SirGreggins Guitars from Boston, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 03, 2012

My first guitar was NC lacquer. Almost killed myself with fumes (i was outside too) This stuff is easy to apply, looks GREAT and is thin so you get less dampening than lacquer. I applied this in my room in my apartment with the windows closed an no problem. I start with this get everything leveled and pores filled then move to violin varnish as a topcoat. Shellac is unmatched


By from Trinidad and Tobago
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 19, 2011

It's my first time using shellac and i have to say... Awesome! Real good stuff! It really brings out wooden beauty! The only thing that was confusing a little was the mixing ratio on the instructions. I had to look it up online to figure it out. It's easy once you understand what they mean. "cut" apparently is the degree of dilution and the "pound" measurement is how much shellac flakes per gallon of solvent. Therefore "3lbs cut" is same dilution ratio as 3 pounds of flakes per gallon of solvent. Of course less "pounds" shellac is the thinner the liquid. So "1lbs cut" is thinner than "3lbs cut". Still great stuff!

Great Finish Product

By Stu K from New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 24, 2011

Excellent quality and easy to use. Used the French polish technique described by Dan Erlewine in the trade secrets article over a tobacco/black/vintage amber dye and the guitar came up a treat

great shellac

By nickton from San Pablo, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 01, 2011

excellent product.

Excellent Product

By A. Lucas from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Very good shellac flakes - the shellac flakes I ordered didn't require much oil, so they are most likely quite fresh. Excellent shipping as always.

French Polish

By Ric from Lakewood
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 25, 2011

As a luthier, if you can take the time to use this, it will be so beneficial to your project that you wouldn't believe what turns up. French polishing not only works great, but you can be in complete control of the finish you apply. I recommend a practice piece for those who haven't done it, but buy this stuff. It changes everything! I placed a picture of a practice piece with a sanding block (before final sanding and buffing)

Shellac Flakes

By guitarwoodrat from Cumberland Gap, Tn
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 31, 2011

This is the first time I've used shellac Flakes but I mixed according to the instructions and got an excellent mixture. I used this to spray as a sealer coat on a Fender Strat and a Telecaster, both of which I done a custom paint job of a base coat and clear coat which actually turned out as good or better than The Custom Shop produces. My friend who was a Nashville picker said he felt like his 2 workhorses were New again.

High quality shellac flakes

By Orhan Ummetler from Kyrenia,Cyprus
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 10, 2011

I bought shellac flakes from Stewmac and the results were soo good. You can use them as a mirror. Thank you very much Stewmac for rendering us such a great materials.

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