painting over shellac?

Old 08-28-10, 02:36 PM
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painting over shellac?

I have a 90 year old house with a screened porch. It has a shellac ceiling. The last time I shellacked it, I ended up with a lot of it in my arm pit. I want to be able to see the wood, but am hoping that polyurethane or something else could be used. Oh, and some of the shellac is flaking off.
Old 08-29-10, 04:04 AM
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Welcome to the forums Sandy!

You'll need to sand the areas that are peeling [or scrub them with denatured alcohol] Oil base polyurethane can be applied over the shellac although I'm not sure that it would apply any easier. It may hold up better though.
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As long as it was dewaxed shellac it shouldn't be a problem.

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