Lacquer and shellac are popular wood finishes for indoor furniture. We walk you through each product, and how to choose which finisher is best for your woodworking project.
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Lacquer is widely known for its ease of application and short drying time. It’s the most used wood finish commercially. Its primary component is the resin of varnish trees. After harvesting and refining, the resin is mixed with thinner to create lacquer.
* It’s compatible with various solvents.
* It doesn’t show yellowing over time.
* It’s relatively affordable.
* It looks sleek after application.
* It has low resistance to chemicals.
* You have to apply it again year after year.
* If it gets contaminated, defects will appear on the wood.
* If the room’s temperature is too warm, bubbles will appear.
* It’s harmful to the environment.
Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug on trees in forests. It is processed and sold as dry flakes, getting dissolved in denatured alcohol to make a wood finish.
* All natural
* Non toxic