Extracted from the resinous secretions of the 1-2 mm large lac bug native to India that resides in a large number of trees and bushes. It is prepared, cleaned and washed and to a large extent has the colour removed before being processed into a lacquer soluble in white spirit (shellac polish or, as may apply, matting compound). It is partly cut with nitrocellulose. Shellac qualities are occasionally used for restoring antique furniture and in industry (leather, metal, etc.)