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    Default 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?
    Last edited by tluther; 04-13-2008 at 04:02 PM. Reason: spelling error

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    Default 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.

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    Default Re: Stripping Shellac

    Pretty good idea/notion.

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

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    Default 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.

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