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I'll start with this shellac is by far a less durable product. However it is MUCH easier to work with shellac than poly. Let me explain.
Shellac Vs Poly's
1. Shellac can be applied over itself multiple times without forming a bulky appearance.
2. Shellac dries in MINUTES not days! leaving it in another league entirely.
3. Shellac will dry in a multitude of conditions. Including freezing temperatures!
4. Shellac literally feels like it wants to be in the wood, and wood wants Shellac in it.
5. Poly stays on top of the wood as a thin plastic shield. Shellac soaks into the pores of the wood.
6. When poly gets scratched it has to be completely removed then replaced. When you scratch shellac you can ruff it up with sandpaper and re-coat it.
7. If poly dries on a brush your brush is ruined, period. If shellac dries on your brush, soak it in denatured alcohol and viola it's as good as new!
8. Shellac dries to a food grade finish in 24hrs! The same can not be said for any other protective coating.
9. For some woods there is just no comparison for bringing out the awesome beauty of the grain the way shellac can. Curly maple is a great example of how shellac can rise above ANY OTHER coating.
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