I am about to start finishing a walnut coffee table that is carved around the apron and has turned legs. I’ve used transtint dyes in the past with good results which I follow with either a coat of brushed on shellac or an oil/poly. I then apply a glaze, to bring out details in the turnings and carving, and then apply final coats of oil/poly. My issue is that the dye often gets moved around some when I apply the next step, brushing on the shellac or applying the oil/poly with a rag. I’m wondering about applying a coat of shellac from an aerosol can to seal in the dye and prevent this. I don’t have access to spray equipment. What do I need to look out for if I go this route? Will other finishes go on easily afterwards? Can I then sand out the raised grain after the shellac is sprayed on without risking going through the dye? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Of course, I’m in a bit of a time crunch, and so would like to be able to use the transtint and not have to try a new process at this late date if possible. Do you folks have any experience of spraying on the water based dye with a spray bottle? This piece has aprons and lower stretchers and sometimes it is tough to get the dye onto all the parts before the area you’ve applied it to first starts drying. I was wondering if a spray bottle might make shorter work of that process, and then I could wipe it all down with a dampened sponge to even it out. Thanks for any advice you all might have.
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