Show Me Your Hand-Rubbed Shellac Tele Finishes

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by El Tele Lobo, Dec 24, 2018.

  1. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

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    Wow, beautiful work! Totally agree on how great and hassle-free shellac is... I actually did a lot of the shellac wiping in the downstairs bathroom, no issues with irritating fumes.

    That bass body is beautiful, such an amazing hue and varied coloration...
     
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  2. middy

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    A nice layer of wax will protect it from alcohol and liquid water (which can create a white stain). That’s why they used to wax furniture and floors all the time, it was mostly shellacked.
     
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    I live by Micro Mesh. Wonderful stuff!
     
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    I love how that cabinet came out!
     
  5. IronSchef

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    my buddy did this one - first time he ever finished a body. Several coats of amber shellac, then several clear (all just out of the cans)

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  6. El Tele Lobo

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    Yes! I have some. Used a few on my last build.
     
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    Cool! I’ll check it out!
     
  8. Flakey

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    One of the great things about shellac is that even when its 100 years old you can reactivate the finish. I did this to a parlor table that had suffered an alcohol burn from a brandy bottle decades earlier. The finish had also "gatored" in places and absorbed smoke due to heat from a fireplace in the room. I just took the charge pad with dna and worked the old shellac around for about an hour done in small intervals. The damage was repaired. You can even put a little new shellac on the charge pad if you need to and it will melt into the older shellac.
     
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  9. 4pickupguy

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    For those that have never played a French Polished neck, it may look shiny, but its very smooth an confortable to play. It looks and feels like nothing else. It just looks and feels “right”. There is no other way to describe it.
    Even very few of the top most level of custom acoustic craftsmen take this process on. When they do, you are paying through the nose for it!

    I said it before earlier, but that my freind, is a family heirloom!! Very well done.
     
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    Anything that I may have said that was helpful was something I learned from others, so onward and onward it goes. That neck does look outstanding!

    I have shellac-finished necks that have been amazing for years now, and no unless you sweat straight alcohol it'll be fine. And as has been noted....even if there was some alcohol issue, repairs are super easy.

    Shellac is actually quite a hard finish if you used fresh flakes. It's just a bit more brittle than other finishes (lacquer remains somewhat flexible for a long time).

    I love that you can apply and have it dry in minutes, rather than days. Gets you to playin' faster.
     
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