Shells are cut according to the size indicated above, but are shipped raw to maintain affordable pricing for our customers. This also allows our customers to finish the shell exactly as desired. Shells may contain markings from the mill or slight amounts of glue from the manufacturing process, but can be easily removed prior to finishing the shell.
Glue remnants should be addressed during shell preparation, prior to finishing the shell. To easily peel off the glue remnants, simply soak a small rag in acetone and place over the glue for about 10 mins.
It is important to always sand the shell before finishing with paint, stain or clear coating. Start with 150 grit and gently sand the shell a couple times. A final sanding can be done using 220 grit, but it is not recommended to go beyond 220 (the wood pores will close making it harder for stain to permeate). And finally, keep in mind that this is a natural product and will not always be perfectly uniform.