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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Finishing and Painting => Topic started by: patriot on June 22, 2017, 04:52 PM

Title: Shellac Jars
Post by: patriot on June 22, 2017, 04:52 PM
I have brewed my own shellac for many moons and I have always hated opening the jar because the residue that accumulates around the lid locks it in place making it very hard to open.

This past Christmas a good friend of ours gave us a jar of homemade cranberries.  She packaged it in a very nice Kilner jar of the 'flip-top' type.  When I saw that I immediately thought of Grolsch beer bottles because they use what they call 'swing tops'.  Anyhow, the concept of the tops is the same.

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I purchased my new jars from Bed Bath & Beyond (https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/kilner-reg-round-clip-top-canning-jar/3264303?skuId=43786602)

I hope this helps someone who has the same problem I used to have.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Shellac Jars
Post by: ewils91 on June 22, 2017, 05:58 PM
Thank you for sharing. [smile]
Title: Re: Shellac Jars
Post by: dupe on June 22, 2017, 09:32 PM
Good idea! Is it true spraying keyboard cleaner (duster) in the jar extends the shelf life of shellac?
Title: Re: Shellac Jars
Post by: jtwood on June 22, 2017, 11:02 PM
You can also wrap plumbers' teflon tape around the threads of the jar before putting the lid on, and it won't stick.

Steve
Title: Re: Shellac Jars
Post by: patriot on June 22, 2017, 11:05 PM
Good idea! Is it true spraying keyboard cleaner (duster) in the jar extends the shelf life of shellac?

No problem. 

I only wish I had known about these jars ten years ago.  One good thing though, is that my cussin' will be much reduced with these neat jars. My dog will really like that. [thumbs up]
Title: Re: Shellac Jars
Post by: patriot on June 22, 2017, 11:17 PM
Good idea! Is it true spraying keyboard cleaner (duster) in the jar extends the shelf life of shellac?

I have never heard of that.  If this works like Bloxygen (http://www.bloxygen.com) then that might help, but I think that shellac just has a 'shelf life' and once that time is exceeded then it will not perform as it should.  I think it would be safer just to use fresh shellac on an important surface/project rather than try to save a few bucks only to find that the shellac will not harden after the fact.

I've used a ton of shellac in my day, but I'm far from an expert on the subject.  I normally use super blonde in a 1/2 lb cut for coating the insides of drawers and the like.  Last year I use quite a bit of garnet on a two-door project, but this was sprayed on to insure an even finish.

Shellac is my preferred finish for nearly all of my projects.

Thanks for your post.
Title: Re: Shellac Jars
Post by: patriot on June 22, 2017, 11:20 PM
You can also wrap plumbers' teflon tape around the threads of the jar before putting the lid on, and it won't stick.

Steve

That's a great idea.  I wish I had thought of that.  It would have saved me a lot of grief.