Originally Posted by Moggie
Since shellac is often used to seal the wood have you had any issues with the water in this mix raising the grain?
Like most (all?) waterborne products, this stuff will raise the grain a little. It's not as bad as you would get if you wiped down the unsealed wood with a wet rag, for example, but the dry surface won't be completely smooth to the touch. It will look smooth, but it won't feel completely smooth.
Whatever product I use, I always figure I'm going to have to sand my seal coat a little to knock down the last little bit of fuzz, so the small amount of raised grain from a waterborne seal coat is no big deal for me. A light sanding with 320 or 400 grit takes off the raised grain and the other fuzzies. It's certainly worth the lack of fumes and reduced/eliminated risk of fire, IMO.
For baseboards and other stuff that I figure won't be touched, I usually just ignore the small amount of raised grain from the waterbased shellac.
I should say that my experience with waterborne shellac has been applying it with a spray gun which, as you know, puts on a pretty thin layer. If one were to brush or wipe on a heavy coat -- flood the wood, so to speak -- I suspect you would get more raised grain. I don't know that for sure, but it seems likely.
The waterborne shellac is not a perfect product but I like it. Products like this are God-sends for those of us without ventilated spark-proof spray booths.