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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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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
ColorTone Shellac
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5 4-04-2014
Great product

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

KoolKatKen  Auckland, NZ Read my reviews (3)
5 6-14-2013
I love it!

It really makes the wood come alive

Gustav  Sweden Read my reviews (18)
5 6-12-2013
old school finish

great quality flakes.

5 5-06-2013
My favorite shellac

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

justinarts  West Texas, USA Read my reviews (35)
5 3-29-2013
Easy to work with sealer

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.

tb  Portland OR Read my reviews (50)
5 10-18-2012

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.

Kyle's ukes  Kapolei
5 10-11-2012
awesome of French Polish

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

prubin  new york, ny Read my reviews (3)
2 8-23-2012
Platina Shellac

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.

Bruce McElhaney  Spring Lake, MI
5 8-08-2012
Best finish yet!

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!

Dingobass  Perth, Australia Read my reviews (76)
5 5-27-2012
Great finish

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!

Buckone  Baltimore, Ohio Read my reviews (5)
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