Sanding sealer is shellac except it has more denatured alcohol in it .Can I apply CA over Cellulose Sanding Sealer? What about over shellac?
(I know I can.... but should I?)
I am turning a pen out of cherry and I would like to enhance the color a bit.
Not sure if this is what the OP meant but it is the same question I have. If you use shellac/sanding sealer, BLO or WOP, and then apply CA, will the CA adhere and will it stay on over the long term? I've heard some say that they apply CA over BLO without issue and some say that when they do that, the CA has a tendency to separate. So, does anyone have $0.02 to throw in? What is your experience?
Thanks Bill. That was good information. I decided (after testing before I took the wood to its final size) that it indeed didn't make any difference in the look of the wood. Since that was the case I didn't use it.Shellac is often used as a sanding sealer. However, cellulose sanding sealer is an entirely different animal. It is basically nitrocellulose lacquer that has had stearates added to it to give it a fast build and to make it easy to sand off.
There is a good article on sealers by Michael Dresdner here:
When to Use Sanding Sealer / Rockler How-to
And another by Bob Flexner here:
Shellac as a sealer? It
Cherry naturally darkens with age - is that the color change you are looking for? Can you do what others have done with Purpleheart and leave it in the sun for a few days? I remember reading one guy's post saying he hangs his turned pen barrels from his rearview mirror for a few days. Most believe it is the UV component in sunshine that darkens the wood. If that is true, one could also try one of the UV lights that those experimenting with Solarez are using.I am turning a pen out of cherry and I would like to enhance the color a bit.