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TIP: Shellac and Fish Eye

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TIP: Shellac and Fish Eye

Fish eye is cratering or ridging in the finish right after application (brush or spray). It is caused by silicone in the wood. The silicone is an oil that is commonly included in furniture polishes, hand creams and other household products. The oil is very slick and prevents the finish from leveling out. All finishes are susceptible to fish eye if the silicone contamination is great enough. But for most situations shellac isn’t affected by the silicone. A coat of shellac will block the silicone so another finish can be applied on top without a problem. On this sample, I...

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TIP: Door and Drawer Edges Under Sinks

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TIP: Door and Drawer Edges Under Sinks

Especially when spraying finishes, it’s common to get too little finish on the edges of cabinet doors and drawers. If these doors and drawers are installed under a sink in a kitchen or bathroom, splashed water will break through the thin finish, causing it to peel. There’s rarely anything you can do to fix this damage short of stripping and refinishing. So it’s important to get enough finish on the edges to begin with. The most common method of spraying doors and drawers is to lay them flat and spray from above. Typically, the edges are sprayed at a 45°...

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