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    Japanese Natural Stone Sealer

    Greetings! Would appreciate any advice on what sealer I should use on my Jnat stones? I tried to find cashew lacquer without success. Thanks!!

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    Willing to drive to Portland? I can give you the info of a guy that has some, but can't ship it, because it's illegal to ship.

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    you can use shellac the wax free version, or any water resistant sealant.

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    Absolutely. I get down there every couple of months. I really appreciate the offer!

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    I got it here, but they seem to be sold out right now.
    http://www.namikawa-ltd.co.jp/cgi-bin/list_e.cgi

    This place seems to have it.
    http://ryujinswords.com/saya.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Niloc View Post
    I got it here, but they seem to be sold out right now.
    http://www.namikawa-ltd.co.jp/cgi-bin/list_e.cgi

    This place seems to have it.
    http://ryujinswords.com/saya.htm
    I got my first can of cashew from Namikawa, but after the changes with the postal services from abroad to US, one can't get flame-able items via mail, so Namikawa do not stock anymore.
    The second vendor explained to me they do not ship in US because they have to meet fire hazard regulations and it was too much of a trouble to be worth it.
    The only place I know of that ships cashew and have a variety of colors is this
    http://www.hyper-cafe.com/index.php?l=product_list&c=11
    I have gotten several cans of it already, it is great stuff to finish wood not only for sealing stones.
    I have also tried Urushi, and it works great , it is also not flame-able so one can get it in the mail from Japan.

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    Western lacquer thinner works, but does anyone know what "the right" thinner to use is?

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    Western lacquer thinner works, but does anyone know what "the right" thinner to use is?
    I can't remember what they thinner was that is good for cashew, I use mineral spirits and it works just fine, acetone also works. When I use mineral spirits the lacquer tends to form gel-like structure after a few months in a jar. In the original can with no thinning the lacquer can last for more than a year.

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    I think that the Hyper Cafe site recommends turpentine IIRC. They are out of the clear lacquer, though, and their stock is not always very consistent.

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