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tluther
Stripping Shellac

I have tons of 1920 woodwork that is coated with shellac. I have stripped the doors easily enough with alcohol; however most of the trim is vertical or above my head. Is there a gel type denatured alcohol that I could find that would stick to the wood and not run down my arm an onto every other surface?

tluther
Re: Stripping Shellac

Just as an FYI to everyone. After receiving no replies and searching the internet for a gel based denatured alcohol to strip my shellac on vertical surfaces and above my head; I hit upon using hand sanitizer. It is almost 100% alcohol and some varieties are thick enough to stay in place for several minutes. I am not saying this is the perfect solution or that it strips it down to the bare wood, but it is working well enough for me to continue experimenting with it.

goldhiller
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Pretty good idea/notion.

Re: Stripping Shellac

I have stripped shellac by taking cotton batting, soaking it in isopropanol (99%)and taping it in place. The shellac softened and scraped easily.

tluther
Re: Stripping Shellac

Not a bad idea; however I tried that with paper towels and got a lot of dripping. A lot of the stripping will be a coffered ceiling and I am worried about getting it my eyes or on other surfaces.

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I forgot to mention that I covered the batting with plastic sheeting to keep the alcohol from dripping and evaporating.

browneyes292
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Hi! I just put in a request for help on how to remove a varnish spill in a stainless steel kitchen sink. Your response to the hand cleaner may be the answer for me. I will try your suggestion and let you know if it worked.

Thanks for your question and I’m glad you happen to be persistent and shared your information.

Re: Stripping Shellac

Has the hand sanitizer worked for you??

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