Cut of Shellac

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.

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