How to Use a Shellac Stick
Fixing scratches at a shellac finish necessitates more shellac, and shellac sticks make minor repairs possible without repainting the entire piece. The sticks of hardened shellac can be found in a vast array of colors to create matching the shellac into the damaged end easy. The sticks can be found separately or in kits if you have to maintain a variety of colors on hand. The shellac is applied while hot, making it difficult to mix colors.
Turn the soldering iron on and wait for the knife tip to heat. The knife is prepared when it the close of the shellac stick softens when touched.
Shave a little bit off the end of the shellac stick together with the soldering iron hot knife tip. Hold the soldering iron so the shellac melts on the knife tip without falling away.
Apply the shellac into the scratch or gouge to slightly overfill void. If the shellac in the scratch or gouge cools before you are done working it, then heat it with the soldering iron tip to remelt it and then keep functioning.
Await the shellac to completely cool and cool. Shave the fixed area with the razor blade till it’s level with the surrounding surface. Shave a little at a time. Don’t attempt to take the entire bulge off in one stroke.
Fold the sandpaper two or three times to make it stiffer and reduce the size of this area that contacts the wood. Apply rubbing oil into the sandpaper to scatter it. Sand the fix smooth and only move the paper at the direction of the wood grain. Wipe the surface clean using a soft, dry cloth, then clean it with a cloth dipped in mineral spirits.
Dip the lacquer pad at the padding lacquer and start to skillet along the fix in precisely the exact same direction as the grain. Increase pressure gradually to generate a little heat and spread the surrounding finish to the repair area.