The factory told me: Our Gallon Jugs of Hat Stiffener is Shellac (Resin made from BUGS!). It is used in the food industry for things that are shiny like apples, jelly beans and frosting. The SDS is mainly describing the 190 proof alcohol that is needed to make the liquid evaporate quickly. When sold in our gallon jugs it is considered a consumer commodity, like your cleaning products.
Our Customers have found that our Felt Stiffener works for Stiffening Straw hats too! Pour it into a garden spray bottle that you get at your local grocery store. Spray it on your straw and let us know what you think.
Nobody in the women’s hat industry has had a felt hat stiffener in decades that penetrates felt without leaving a residue, until now.
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NOTE: LEKO All Purpose Stiffener can only be shipped FedEx Ground, therefore all your other items will also be shipped FedEx Ground regardless of the shipping method you chose. If you need other items sooner, please submit 2 orders.
We can ship Felt hat Stiffener to Canada as ORM-D (consumer commodity) by the gallon or by the 4 gallon case. All go ORM-D to Canada with no extra flammable charges.
This product, before mixed with 190 proof alcohol, is used in candy as confectioners glaze and on fruit to make them shine. Water Resistant! Many Customers are using this product for stiffening straw, too.
This is the only product you should ever use on felt .,..it is the best in the world. It will never leave white marks unless you put it on a wet felt and the water in the felt will not allow the stiffener to penetrate the felt. You should block your hatbody…leave it on the hat block to dry, then spray on the stiffener, and brush it into the felt. Re apply until you get the desired stiffness…If you want tons of stiffening..you can just brush it on …if you think you can do so evenly..It is always easier to block a hat body before it is stiffened for obvious reasons
Directions Felt hat stiffener will restore an already stiffened hat or can be used on a new felt hat body. Felt hat stiffener will shower proof your felt hat and if used in a fuller degree water proof it.
1.) Please make sure that hat is clean and dry before applying Leko Felt Hat Stiffener.
2.) Pour a sufficient amount into a small dish and with a soft flat painters brush apply evenly on the inside of the crown first and then on the upper and/or underside of the brim.
3.) After the application, wipe the hat with a soft cloth and then let dry.
4.) Then put it on the block and steam and finish in the usual way.
These directions are just a guide. Many milliners prefer to block their hat first and then when dry apply light applications of sizing letting it dry between applications until desired stiffness is achieved. NOTE: if the hat seems a little too stiff in some parts where the stiffener has not been applied evenly, saturate a piece of soft cloth with ordinary alcohol and go over such parts smoothly. This will give an even effect.