Wednesday, November 10, 2010
For My Sins
Late Wednesday night the 3rd, I assayed to get the seventh coat of shellac on those stairs. It didn't go too badly, really. I filled a divot in the next-to-the-bottom step with the Miniwax wood filler putty that you're not supposed to finish over. But I need something flexible there and the shellac ought to move with it. It seems to be working so far.
So did I go to bed and sleep on it and see if maybe it looked okay in the morning? Heck, no. I got a brush with some alcohol on it and tried to blend it in.
Of course, it didn't. It just took the upper coats off.
I tried a little more. It took off some more.
To hell with it. I tried cleaning the whole surface with alcohol. It didn't take enough off.
Off to bed, and deal with it later.
On Saturday the 6th I went the whole hog and pulled out the Western Wood Doctor refinisher and the 00 steel wool and took the entire finish off of it. So there.
And proceeded to start essentially from scratch on that tread and started applying the six or seven coats anew.
Last Sunday, I was getting there. When I wielded a full brush with a light hand, the shellac blended in beautifully. Just one more coat and I'd be done!
Was I going to get out the WWD and strip it off for the second time?
Not likely. An article on the This Old House website says you can repair shellac, everybody says repairability is one of the great things about shellac, and I was going to repair it.
And if nothing else, this proves that I was right to do my experimenting and get my technique down on these upper steps. Pretty much no one's going to see them except for me.