Ebony,Rosewood,and African Blackwood all smearing black on contrasting Holly

swifty6

Member
I am making Tea caddies with a variety of banding using all of the exotic black woods with a contrasting white usually holly. I finish with a seal coat of 1 pound cut shellac, then build a finish of shellac. All of the above have smeared black onto the holly. This does not happen with dyed black veneer. It has become such a problem that I test a piece of banding with shellac before installing it into the piece I am working with.I tried spray shellac and had the same outcome.
I vacuum each piece, and use a tack cloth before using the shellac. Have any of you had the same problem and how did you fix it? 
 

Kirk Rush

Well-known member
You could try sealing the holly with several coats of shellac using a small artist brush before you start the finishing process.  It is time consuming, but it may work.


Kirk
 

swifty6

Member
I reached out to a local woodworker who uses a lot of exotics. He suggested that I crate the banding with a polyurethane then glue it in place with an epoxy(West Systems) then I can finish the project with Shellac.
 
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