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What is French Polishing?
French polishing is a wood finishing technique that results in a very high gloss surface, with a deep colour. French polishing consists of applying many thin coats of Shellac polish, dissolved in alcohol, using a rubbing pad lubricated with linseed oil. The rubbing pad is made of absorbent cotton or wool cloth wadding inside a square piece of fabric (usually soft cotton cloth) and is commonly referred to as a fad.
"French polish" is a process, not a material. The main material is shellac, although there are several other shellac-based finishes, not all of which class as French polishing.
The finish is considered to be one of the most beautiful ways to finish highly figured wood, but it is also recognised to be fragile. It is softer than modern varnishes and lacquers and is particularly sensitive to spills of water or alcohol, which often produce white cloudy marks. However, it is also simpler to repair than a damaged varnish finish, as patch repairs to French polish may be easily blended into an existing finish.
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The major items he made for us were a wall mounted display unit with individual compartments that were each illuminated by dimmable LED lights, a floor standing unit with a retractable housing for the television, storage and built in LED lighting, two bedside tables and two mirrored bathroom cabinets and a vanity unit. He also built a rack to display patchwork quilts, an elegant frame for a mirror and installed lighting in the glass fronted top of a secretaire.
We enjoyed participating with him in the design of these objects and found him an excellent communicator and a joy to work with. The standard of finish of all his work is outstanding and he is ingenious in finding solutions to practical problems of design and execution.
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If you have damaged a fine piece of furniture, have created your own new piece or simply require an existing piece revived we aim to cover all your French Polishing requirements either on-site or, if more convenient, off site in our London based workshops. Just complete the contact form on the contacts links on this web-site and one of our French Polishing -Architecture in Wood team will discuss your inquiry.