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  1. #1
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    Default applying shellac

    Has anyone ever tried applying shellac with a deck sprayer?
    I need to seal approx. 1,000 S.F. of luan on walls & sloped ceiling, and really like the way shellac highlights & colors the grain. It would be very hard to brush or roll this much area without having lap marks, and wiping on (my preferred method) would take forever.
    Any other ideas?

    thanks

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    Default Re: applying shellac

    It can be sprayed with an airless sprayer. DO NOT try to use a Hudson sprayer (any typical hand pump garden type sprayer), you'll only create a huge mess because a Hudson will not have enough pressure to atomize the shellac to shoot and adhere it to the surface, nor will it be a smooth, even coat.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: applying shellac

    thank you, A.Spruce

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    Default Re: applying shellac

    You're welcome.

    If you have to rent a sprayer, make sure that you thoroughly clean it before attempting to spray. Rental equipment is notoriously dirty and your shellac will be filled with debris or worse, tinted by the remnants of paint left in the pump, hose, and gun.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: applying shellac

    I used to spray alot of shellac and BIN with my HVLP sprayer. It sprayed wonderfully. It is a great product for what you are doing. Many people feel that shellac does not give the plastic look that urethanes do. I concurr with Spruce, the garden pump sprayer would creat a mess!

    I actually maintained two HVLP spray guns: one for oil based products and one for shellac or BIN. The different solvents , paint thinner or denatured alcohol, created clean up problems in changing back and forth. It was simpler to just keep two separate guns.

    The problems with using an airless sprayer with shellac is the amount of expensive solvent needed to clean up the sprayer afterwards. Water is cheap, alcohol is not. It takes a lot of solvent to flush the lines out. If you don't thoroughly clean spray equipment, you will be cursing the next time you use it!

    As Spruce indicates, rental equipment is often not in the greatess shape. Renters don't take the same care of equipment as the owner, be it sprayers or cars!

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    Default Re: applying shellac

    ordjen,
    thanks for your input. i was trying to avoid the HVLP route. i used one (wagner power painter)about 10 yrs ago to paint a couple of rooms for a friend - lots of overspray. clean up for this job would probably cost more & take more time than it would be worth - would probably just throw the sprayer out. i may just have to apply with a squeegee/lambswool applicator. any other sugeestions? i would be willing to switch to a different finish.
    thanks

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    Default Re: applying shellac

    here are 2 before & 2 after pictures of project.
    walls & ceiling were never shellaced or finished
    i couldn't upload photos before - kept getting error messages
    Last edited by iceman11; 09-20-2012 at 01:58 PM.

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