What is meant by a 1.5 pound cut of shellac?
Greg Williams: The cut of the shellac indicates the amount of dry shellac, in pounds, dissolved in a gallon of solvent. A 1.5 pound cut is a good choice for a size or sealer coat of shellac.
Kevin Hancock: That indicates 1.5 pounds of shellac flakes were mixed into one gallon of alcohol.
Michael Dresdner: What is curious is that if you mix a pound and a half of shellac flakes into one gallon of alcohol, you end up with much more than a gallon of product. Hence, a one gallon can of 1.5 pound cut shellac actually contains less than 1.5 pounds of shellac flakes.