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Old 08-14-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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Help! Shellac color too dark on floors

I have some old antique heart pine floors that we have spent many many hours prepping, sanding and filling (there are a lot of gaps from wear). Well, today we moved forward and put on the first coat of amber shellac, and....I'm afraid I made the wrong decision with the color. The formerly very light pine color has changed to a fairly deep orange, but the filler has stayed pretty much yellow/white, so now there is a HUGE contrast between the floor boards and the filler. So basically the darkness of the stain has really highlighted all of the gaps, missing chunks, and other damage to the floors and made them look WORSE than before we applied it. Rather than making them look new it made them look dilapidated.

Is there ANYTHING I can do to make the floors lighter, besides totally resanding to strip the shellac off? Can we do a light sand tomorrow and then apply a clear stain on top? After all the many hours and hours we've put into these floors, I'm freaking out a bit about what I feel was a bad decision....Any help would be much appreciated!


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Old 08-15-2010, 12:49 AM   #2
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wash/wipe the shellac with denatured alcohol. the dna will thin the shellac and wiping it will remove if from the floor onto your cloth. change your rag often. do a small test spot first.


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Ok thank you!
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Make sure you've no open flames or sources of ignition (hot water heater pilots) that could light off the alcohol vapors; ventilate the space well with open windows/doors.
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