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    Shellac - sanding between coats?

    I'm just finishing up a little project that I have stained and am coating with shellac. Should I/need I sand or use steel wool between coats? First coat is just on, I'll be back to it tomorrow.

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    No need to sand between coats of shellac Rodger it burns in like lacquer to the previous coat.

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    if you sand it ,, only after the second coat to flatten the nibs you have and then the third coat should be baby bottom smooth
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    Like Larry, I sand gently (with 400 grit) to get any nibs but, Charles is quite correct, the coats fully "burn in". I should qualify my sanding statement in that the coat after sanding with 400 is very thin, too thin to allow any ridges to build and thin enough to be nearly dry before I even finish. Almost like putting on a coat of wax. I'll also add that I sand after about 30 minutes without issue. This will vary with your climate.
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    Thanks, guys! I have two coats on now, and tomorrow I'll rub gently with 0000 steel wool (Don't have any 400 sandpaper) and declare it finished.
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    if your gonna rub it with steel wool use a lubricant ,some wax or soapy water
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