Anyone used Chestnut Spirit Stains?

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  1. goodchicken

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    https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/148/6338/chestnut-Spirit-Stain

    It's alcohol based and contains 5% shellac to "bind color and seal wood".

    So I wonder if the inclusion of shellac would make for a bit of a richer or more vibrant color? At least that seems like it'd be a selling point.

    I'd assume that the 2k polyurethane I'll use will go on top with no problems...at least I've read several times that anything can be shot over shellac.

    Thanks!
     
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    I made my own. went to the local art store and bought Jacquard acid dye

    [​IMG] for about 6 bucks. I mixed it with alcohol and shellac & did a 3 different amp cabs.it was pain to get it to spray right but it looks great. I shot some automotive clear over the top of at least one... don't remember one or two. one left in shellac only. its been a few years & all still look good. shellac is maybe a bit delicate for an amp if it leaves the house though.

    so yeah, I would bet you can mix that stuff
     
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    Cool, I like experimenting. Do you remember about the ratios of dye/alcohol (denatured, or?)/shellac?

    I'll definitely do the poly over top. I tried a spray can shellac finish, it wasn't durable enough for me.
     
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    I really don't remember but the dye is VERY strong. it is soluble in water and alcohol but not in typical paint thinners. mixes easy with shellac. I made it stiff enough to brush and thin enough to spray. very forgiving on the mix. I have pix put they are on another computer that died, I'll have to dig but will see if I can find some. I was spraying with a top feed HPLV and one day when the dew point was close it made water droplets... condensed out of the air I guess. never seen anything quite like that, "blushing" on steroids
     
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