Re: French polishing glaze-coat question
From everything I've read, the final coat should be pretty minimal. Also, using 000-steel wool on the instrument prior to the final coat apparently works well (though I haven't tried it yet). I'm currently becoming versed in the ways of shellac, too, and am working on figuring out how to make a good finish. A final coat of car wax over it helps protect the shine, too.
As for style of passes, etc., I've read that the pad should be in contact with the instrument as much as possible when applying shellac, and that you can apply a pretty good amount in one application if you work in a pattern; a sort of elliptical zig-zag alternating with straight strokes works well for me so far.
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