Step 3: Test

man sanding the wood handrail
Photo: Webb Chappell
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Smooth the damaged section and feather its edges with 400-grit, stearated (nonloading) silicon carbide sandpaper. Don't sand too deeply, or you'll need to apply more coats of shellac.
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    Tools List

    • Artist's Brush
      Artist's Brush

    Shopping List

    1. Naphtha
    Cleans the old finish

    2. Denatured alcohol
    Softens old shellac and thins the new

    3. Artist's brush
    Natural bristles only

    4. Shellac flakes
    Also available premixed

    5. Cotton cloth

    6. Alcohol-soluble wood dye
    Darkens shellac to match old finish

    7. Tinted furniture wax
    Blends into crevices better than clear wax