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Does any body want to look at a few photos of the same plate with a stain on it ?
WHY . . . . you may ask if you haven't gone right off the idea on sight.
HERE IS WHY . . .
and I think it is some thing to think about when it comes to warnings about what a lame finish shellac is when used by its self on a surface such as a dining table that gets washed often.
The first photo was taken two years ago in December. It is of my test sample before I used Shellac for our dining table. Here is the original post about that :
(Sorry I searched and search for it. Maybe some time soon I will locate it.)
Any way, to test the shellac I figured if I put it on and it washed off when I washed it with the rest of the dishes I would rethink this shellac on the dining table idea. It held up remarkably well; even the highly thinned single layer ( the thinnest, lightest colored area ) was wholly undisturbed. I was encouraged and finished my table with shellac and it is fine after two years of daily use. By adults.
A few days ago I ran across this plate sitting around in my "to be put away pile" and figured I would give it hell just for research purposes and then clean off the rest of the shellac with some alcohol and put the plate back in the cabinet.
I filled the sink with extremely hot tap water and lots of dish soap, I wash dishes with the same nitrile gloves I use in the shop so I always use the hottest water (why not).
I put the dish in the photos in first and piled in all the rest of the dishes. People hate to watch me wash dishes. I fart around and brush and scrub and look and scrub. I think I am doing a good job. Seems like the entire world thinks they can wash dishes better and faster than I can.
(ha, ha, ha so usually I just give in and let 'em ha, ha, ha ) If you really want to go crazy you aught to watch me white wash a fence.
Harumph, harummm ha, ha, . . . where was I ? Oh yah . . .
taking my time soaking this plate in hot hot water.
I washed a l l l l l l the others . . .
and rinsed 'em . . .
and dried 'em . . .
then fished out this poor little sucker, gave it a good rubbing with the wash cloth and ran it under the hottest water to rinse it and then dried it.
The last two photos are current December 2012. See any degradation ?
Looks pretty good to me for being a finish that can't take water.
Naturally for best results on wood the grain should be filled well during the shellac finishing and a puddle of water standing under a potted plant is going to suck . . .
as it were . . .
but something to look at and think about in the first days of the new year.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln ( 54° shaves )