Post by rockinlinda on Mar 28, 2013 21:01:59 GMT -5
Our '61 1600 has the original interior, but it doesn't look like the warm orange birch interior most Shastas have. I'm pretty sure ours is Ash. It has a lighter finish (more light silvery-brown, than golden) and is not at all warm orange Birch. The original varnish is flaking off in a lot of places but the wood is in great shape. We want to strip all the cabinets and paneling and re-stain adn shellac to have the warm golden birch glow. Are we crazy? Is this even possible to do? Appreciate any suggestions or advice anyone might have.
First, you can scrape the old shellac off, it's really easy. Use a plane blade and scrape with the wood grain. Once the shellac is off, you can lightly sand the wood to smooth it. If there are any white marks, be sure to remove them; they will show.
Golden glow is plain clear shellac. It turns that golden color with age. I re-shellacked our Deluxe with clear because it was a near match to the original color. The drawers were darker than the wall panels and the cabinet framing was a reddish hue. Most trailer manufacturers used whatever wood was cheapest, not what matched.
If you like the more orange interiors, that is amber shellac. It is very good at blending all the colors into pleasant tones. I use it to match new wood and old as well.
I'm sure others will chime in on stains, poly finishes and more. I use shellac.
This 53 Hanson has a much more orange glow. Not all of the wood is the same; some takes on a darker tone. The great thing about amber shellac is that it blends old and new. For instance, you can install a new panel in the bed area and if the original panels are amber, they match.
I like both colors, but Golden Glow really is the original color of most little trailers.
Thanks for the suggestions. We really like that golden glow, so I think we'll try the amber shellac. Hopefully we can do a test patch soon and see how it comes out. Thanks!
The ash is just a tad darker and usually has more heavy grain in it so you want to start with light coats. I would say try a mixture of 2 parts clear to 3 parts Amber first. And don't forget to thin at least 10% with denatured alcohol. You can always darken it up with more coats and a darker mixture if you don't like the results but trying to make it lighter doesn't work. So start light and add till you get what you want. Im doing a series on Shellac right now and the first video will be out on Friday.
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can,
The courage to strip the parts from the trailers I can't,
And the wisdom to know the difference.