Shellac is a finish commonly used on raw wood surfaces to prime or seal. As a primer, shellac serves a base coat before a surface is ready to be painted. Shellac is normally applied to a surface that has previously been sanded and is applied using a roller. Shellac dries quickly, usually within two to three hours, but it is best to let the shellac primer dry for 24 hours or overnight before you begin painting over it.
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Things you need
- Masking tape
- Dust sheet
- Paint brush
- Paint roller
Cover anything that needs to be protected from paint with a dust sheet.
Apply tape to any areas that need to remain unpainted.
Apply the first coat of paint to the surface, using a roller or brush.
Allow the first coat to dry completely, at least 24 hours.
Paint a second coat onto the surface, using a roller or brush.
Leave the painted surface untouched for at least 24 hours to allow it enough time to dry completely.
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