For a centuries-old finish, shellac offers plenty of modern benefits: It dries quickly, doesn't darken with age, produces few odors, and you can repair damage in a jiffy. You'll be surprised to learn what its many variations can do for you.
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Been using 2 coats of shellac followed by 3 coats of water based poly. Excellent results, no odor, easy clean up (denatured alcohol with the shellac) brings out the color in the red oak.
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