Shellac is mixed with alcohol in a ratio referred to as a "cut". A "2 Pound Cut" of shellac is 2 pounds of shellac flakes dissolved in 1 gallon of alcohol. Adjust the quantities to the volume you require. Shellac flakes can be ground up to speed dissolving. Store unused, dry shellac in an airtight jar or container along with the dessicant / oxygen absorber packets to help prolong shelf-life. Agitate the shellac solution frequently to speed dissolving. Warm the shellac solution to speed dissolving (but never near an open flame!!) Apply with brush, pad or french polishing technique. We recommend starting with a 2# or 1.5# cut for brushing. More alcohol can be added to the shellac solution to adjust "cut" for application technique and requirements. The "cut" is not critical...it's just a starting point. Shellac can be sprayed in an explosion proof booth (atomized alcohol is HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE)!