Shellac Products for Guitar Finishing


Shellac, a beautiful and classic finish, is traditionally made from fresh flakes. We offer only the finest quality grades of dry shellac which you mix with denatured alcohol or Bekhol to make the fresh shellac solution. This versatile finish can be brushed, wiped on (padded), or sprayed.  It dries very fast and many finishes can be done in 2 days, including rubbing out. Shellac is very useful as a sealer coat and is an excellent medium for repair work because of its compatibility with other types of finishes. It is best to weigh the flakes (a small food portion scale is fine). However, you can easily make a rough 2-lb. cut from any of the flakes (this does not include seedlac or buttonlac) by filling an empty jar halfway with dry flakes, and then filling to the top with alcohol.

Dry shellacs sold in 1/2 or 1 lb. plastic bags or a corrugated box if ordering 3+ lbs. of a single grade. Because shellac is a natural product and manufacturing processes vary from crop to crop, there may be variations in physical size and thickness of flakes from year to year.


NOTE: Samples below represent the color of the shellac on curly soft maple. Darker grades may show seasonal variations in color. Top half of sample shows 4 coats of shellac grade, bottom shows 2 coats.


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Very similar to Platina/Ultra Pale, but with just a hint of ambering. The most popular grade of premium shellac sold.

#999 Dewaxed Super Blonde – Choose size from menu


Shellac Pricing





This dark product from India is the darkest shellac we sell. If you use it as the entire shellac finish you can get fairly dark tones on light woods and deep browns on darker woods like walnut. If you have to build beyond several coats with dark varieties of shellac, we recommend spraying, as you may experience brush stroke marks. Many finishers use this color for the first two coats and then switch to a lighter color for the build coats.

Shellac Pricing





shellac_wet_2004SHELLAC-WET – This additive eliminates “fat edge” on sharp edges and improves flow-out and leveling of shellac when brushing or spraying.  “Fat-edge” is a situation where shellac can roll-up on sharp edges. Shellac-Wet lowers the surface tension of your shellac solutions which eliminates “fat edge”.  It also improves flow-out and leveling of the finish.  When added to shellac, do not top coat with another type finish.  Easy to use — simply add 6 drops of this concentrated solution per quart.
#7099 –  $17.95 – 2 OZ. SQUEEZE BOTTLE




shellac_flatSHELLAC FLAT – This liquid flatting agent cuts down the gloss of shellac when it dries. Excellent for repair work. This product is made expressly for shellac from amorphous silica and alcohol. Use a Fine Strainer (available from most hardware and paint stores) to strain mixed solution before use.

#7080 – $20.95 – 16 OZ. BOTTLE
#7080 – $35.95 – 32 OZ BOTTLE







Homestead Dry Flake Shellac MSDS
Shellac Wet #7099 MSDS
Shellac Flat #7080 MSDS
Liquid Shellac Conversion Ratios
History and Use of Shellac
Padding Shellac