Shellacfinishes - ShellacFinishes Royal-Lac Dewaxed Shellac
A More Durable Shellac
Shellac is often described as the finish that can do it all, from sealing to coloring to French polishing. However, its one drawback has been poor durability when compared with solvent- or water-based varnishes, lacquers, and polyurethanes. I was therefore anxious to try Shellac Finishes’ Royal-Lac, which claims to combine the beauty of shellac with the toughness of artificial resins.
I tested it against two other shellac finishes and one oil-based finish to determine its durability. Royal-Lac couldn’t match the oil-based finish for durability, but it was way better than the other shellac finishes in this regard. And it did seem to maintain traditional shellac’s greater clarity and depth. So while I wouldn’t use Royal-Lac on a kitchen table, I’d certainly use it on a formal dining table.