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SAPFM Chapter News and Discussions => Chesapeake Chapter => Topic started by: Drew A. Dunn on September 01, 2018, 09:09:32 AM

Title: Mixing Shellac
Post by: Drew A. Dunn on September 01, 2018, 09:09:32 AM
I'm starting to use shellac and was rather bummed out to find that you can't get high proof (190) grain alcohol.   I don't care for the fumes from the denatured alcohol I bought at the big box store and my basement shop doesn't offer many ventilation options.  Are there alternatives people are using?
Title: Re: Mixing Shellac
Post by: Dale Ausherman on September 02, 2018, 09:15:35 AM

BEHLEN BEHKOL Shellac Solvent (Denatured Alcohol)
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Title: Re: Mixing Shellac
Post by: Drew A. Dunn on September 02, 2018, 09:41:32 AM
Thanks,  I noticed that Woodcraft also carries Klean Strip brand alcholol.  Any experience with the difference between the two?
Title: Re: Mixing Shellac
Post by: Dale Ausherman on September 03, 2018, 10:41:18 AM
I have no experience with the Klean Strip brand.
Title: Re: Mixing Shellac
Post by: Mark Maleski on September 04, 2018, 10:05:15 AM
Drew, I believe you can still find 190 proof in DC.  But I usually don't bother - instead, I buy the Klean Strip "Green" DNA which to my nose have very few denaturants added.  I believe it's nearly the same as 190-proof drinkable (?!) stuff but quite a bit cheaper due to the absence of "sin" tax. 
Title: Re: Mixing Shellac
Post by: Drew A. Dunn on September 08, 2018, 12:04:41 PM
You’re right!   I thought you couldn’t get it in DC but you can.  Thanks!