shellac on bathroom floor

nan-nanNovember 7, 2012

The bathroom floor of our 1920's home has a shellac finish. I cleaned it with methyl hydrate and put some new coats of Zinsser amber shellac over top. It looks beautiful now but I know that Shellac does not like water.

If I wax it well, will it hold up?

Or should I top coat with something else?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

On a "This old house" episode (back when they cared), they did a floor with shellac and then top coated it with urethane. It had the look of a shellac floor with a more resilient finish. I think that your spot on with the concerns with shellac in a wet area. If it were me, I'd be looking at a more water resistant finish. I have shellac floors in some of the rooms in my house so I am not shellac adverse


    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 10:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Shellac has zero water resistance.

It blushes white, gets soft, and is easily damaged when soft.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 1:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Wax will waterspot too.

Remove the shellac and use Waterlox - several coats of it.

It has the amber color and the soft sheen of shellac, but it soaks into the wood and repels water.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 2:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

With preparation, Waterlox can go over shellac.

Here is a link that might be useful: Waterlox FAQs

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 7:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I am in Canada and don't have easy access to Waterlox. What about Watco laquer or Varathane laquer?

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 11:45PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
How to fix 1" gaps in drywall seams?
We recently bought our home (build in 1938). One of...
This old house plus church!!
Well I need someone to talk with about my latest plunge....
Jason J
Need your ideas for a new-old home,...
We are planning to build a home that appears to be...
Claw foot
I also posted this in the bathroom forum, but though...
Unique Craftsman trim & wainscotting Examples, Info, Opinions
I am looking for examples of unique craftsman and/or...
Corbin Dodge
Sponsored Products
Chrome Heated Bathroom Towel Rack Radiator Heater 71 x 23.5 & Valves
Hudson Reed
Murano Glass Bathroom Sink | Modern Gold Transparent Hand Made
Bath Rug: Sheridan Sea Foam 21" x 34" Bathroom 2-Piece Rug Set
$28.97 | Home Depot
Elite P01C Chrome Luxury Bathroom Sink Pop-up Drain with Umbrella Basket Design
P2732-81: Renovations Antique Nickel Four-Light Bath Fixture
$207.45 | Bellacor
Hudson Valley Windham Restoration-Vintage Bath Vanity Light
Lexell Oval Vessel Sink
Signature Hardware
Foremost Bathroom Haven 31 in. W x 22 in. D Vanity in Espresso and Vanity Top
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™