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I've read the French polishing thread on QB several times, fantastic instructions, but there is one thing that I'm not clear on --  how long do you need to wait between each coat of shellac?

I picked up a Singer 66 in poor condition to practice on.  The denatured alcohol/boiled linseed oil part of the procedure did a great job of cleaning up the most of grungy shellac. After the first coat of shellac the streaks are pretty noticeable.  Not sure if this is just a matter of "it will look worst before it gets better", or I need practice to get the technique right.  Either way not sure how long I need to wait to apply subsequent coats.

I really thought picking up this 66 would be "safe" and I wouldn't become attached.  Never had a particular desire for a 66, but I'm starting to become fond of this old girl and her funky New Home case.  I think when I'm finished with French polishing practice, I might try stripping her down to bare metal and repainting her.  Somehow I just think she would look lovely in a deep rich teal.  And I would be able to get some experience painting and applying decals.

But first I need be able to do the French polishing well, so I can get my 15-91 back together with her decals protected.

Thanks,

Tammy



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All you need to wait about 30 minutes between the the polish. It can be a long process but the rewards are worth it.
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Thank you for answering my question and for all the great information you share.  It will make a huge difference for a couple of machines in my small herd.  I know it has helped many other folks.

I picked up a Red Eye today, her decals are quite nice and the finish is in fairly good shape. But some of the decals fade into black in some places, even after cleaning her up with sewing machine oil.  To get a feel on how well she will clean up, I tackled the decal on the back of the pillar.  Wow, it is like magic. The top of this decal was not even visible and with just a bit of denatured alcohol and boiled linseed oil, now it just pops.

Thanks again,

Tammy

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