|With one sealer coat only|
I hoped to be able to do it with the door hanging and not risk scratching the new finish on the exterior as I heave it on and off the sawhorses. But I couldn't keep the sealer coat from dripping as I brushed it on, no matter how careful I tried to be. About the fastest way to ruin a tinted shellac job is to let it get dripped on at any stage, and I had to give in and demount the door again.
And wasn't that the way I did the back door four years ago? Of course, that meant I had to sit down for a half hour or more reading 2012 entries in this blog to see if that was so. And if it was, how did I manage not to do any damage to the shellac job on the exterior? I distinctly remember having the door laid out on the sawhorses on the back porch, sanding the first coat of wine-red paint off the interior face because it didn't flow out. I'm pretty sure I had the outside done before that . . . or did I? Never found a post that told me what I wanted to know. But I sure managed to eat up a good chunk of time I could have been working on this project now.
|Old towels and painter's tape|
I should probably wait for daylight to continue, anyway. I put way too much mahogany dye in too-thin a mixture of the Kusmi #1 button lac I dissolved yesterday, and this fresh batch of dye is stronger than what I used on the outside of the door. So with only two coats of tinted shellac and two of clear, the inside of the door is already darker than I planned it to be. (It took nine coats on the exterior to get the same tone.)
|This is what happens when|
your shellac is too dark
and too thin
Not sure what I'm going to do to solve it. Starting over is not an option.
But I'm wondering what it would have looked like had I not tinted the shellac at all. Too late now.