OK if your going to do the Black Polish and you want to cut the time down some, take and mix the black die with the shellac and brush on 2-3 coats. Then if you going to fill you may have to tint you filler black also. Now when you mix up your french polish with black it will not take nearly as long to get a good even black.
I like to spray my color tone with a sealer Lacquer and color. It just a bit faster and I can get a few more coats on in a shorter time.
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