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how to clean a shellac finish

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by schleiermacher, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. schleiermacher

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    My son just acquired a very fine bass which has a shellac finish (a story in itself). What is the best way to clean and maintain such a finish?
  2. DC Bass

    DC Bass Supporting Member

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    Naphtha or mineral spirits will do a great job cleaning a shellac finish- a little on an old t-shirt will do, but mind the warnings on the can!

    Also, test a little inconspicuous spot before proceding, just to make sure that it really is shellac.

    Joe
  3. wcoffey81

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    avoid anything with alcohol in it
  4. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    Have you been talking to my wife? :D
  5. schleiermacher

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  6. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member

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    Is shellac the same thing as spirit varnish?
  7. JoeyNaeger

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    Yes and no...Spirit varnish will have shellac in it, but there will usually be other ingredients as well(copal, mastic, sandarac...).
  8. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging! Supporting Member

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    Or ammonia!

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