Bulls Eye Shellac is an alcohol-based solution of pure lac, a natural resin secreted by tiny insects on certain trees, mainly in India. It is available in Clear and Amber. Both dry to transparent films - the Clear has a faint, golden cast that is much lighter than oil-base finishes, while the Amber has a warm, orange cast that gives a rich, antique-look to woodwork. Bulls Eye Shellacs are manufactured using technology developed by Zinsser in over a century's experience. They are uniform in quality, unmatched in shelf life, and packaged for convenience of use.
All-natural Bulls Eye Shellac has many of the great performance characteristics of today’s synthetic clear finishes: In an age of fast-drying products, few finishes dry as fast as shellac. Shellac is user-friendly and virtually goof-proof. It can be applied with a brush, pad, sprayer, or wiping cloth. No elaborate instructions are needed, good results are almost guaranteed, and mistakes are easily corrected. In spite of all the wonders of 21st century clear finish chemistry, there is still no other finish that enhances the depth and natural beauty of wood grain like shellac. Wood that has been finished with shellac looks soft and natural, not plastic-coated. The finish will not yellow or darken with age like polyurethanes, and it’s simple to maintain. In a time when more and more consumers prefer finishes that clean up with soap and water, shellac brushes can be cleaned in all-purpose household detergents or household ammonia and warm water.
Due to its exceptional sealing and adhesion properties, shellac has many other applications. A very thin mixture of shellac and alcohol can be used to condition soft woods such as pine and fir before staining them for a uniform and blotch-free appearance; shellac can be tinted with universal colorants to create an ultra-dark, fast-drying primer for interior walls and trim. Tinted shellac can also be mixed with tinted B-I-N Primer-Sealer to produce an infinite variety of intermediate colors and shades. Shellac will stick to almost any glossy, hard-to-paint surface and is the only coating in the world that will effectively block wood knots and sap streaks, preventing then from bleeding into the finish paint.
Some of the other exceptional performance properties of shellac include: