SHELLAWAX is manufactured using specially formulated Hard Shellac as a base which gives a hard, durable finish, with resistance to marks and blemishes from water, alcohol and heat. The hardener in the polish is activated by the heat generated during the application of the Shellawax. As soon as the surface is dry (almost instantly) a cross-linking begins in the finish. It is this cross-linking process which creates the hard surface. It takes around 3 weeks for the entire process to complete. However, in the mean time the work can be handled and used without fear of upsetting the process. Just keep it away from alcohol, water, etc during this time. Shellawax is a foolproof, one application, friction polish, made for use on the wood lathe. It is (to our knowledge) the fastest and easiest to use polish of its kind on the market today, giving an instant shine to all timbers. It is used with the lathe running and under heat, created through friction, it is fused into the timber. It dries instantly, and can be handled immediately after application. It is water resistant from the start and becomes more resistant to water, alcohol, etc, over a 3 week period after initial application. Shellawax is a non toxic finish. The ingredients used in Shellawax can be found in food, confectionery, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, etc. NOTE: In its liquid form Shellawax contains ethanol (pure alcohol) & hydrocarbons making it flammable & poisonous. However as soon as it is applied these solvents evaporate leaving a 100% non toxic, non flammable finish both in & on the timber’s surface. Shellawax can be applied over most oils provided the surface is thoroughly dry of oil prior to the application. Shellawax is a complete finish designed to be applied directly to the raw timber. This allows the Shellawax to bond with, and basically become part of the wood and not just another a surface coating. Shellawax can be used over a stain so long as it is water based.