What is French Polishing?
'Firstly and foremost French Polishing is a Trade, not a particular finish.'
What is the French polishing technique?
The French polishing technique is a wood finishing technique that results in a high gloss finish and a smooth surface. The French polishing finish is achieved by applying many thin coats of shellac to wood. This acts as a type of varnish and, once dry, it offers a strong protection against moisture. Instead of using a brush, polishers use a specialist cotton rubbing pad to get the desired finish. These thin coats slowly build up to create a deep colour and a glossy finish. The technique is often used on wood furniture and musical instruments, but it can be used on a whole host of other wood items.
Why is it called French polishing?
It is called French polishing because the technique originated in France in the 18th century. It is a wood finishing technique used by furniture makers in France during the Victorian era. French polishing was the finish of choice for mahogany and other expensive cuts of wood due to its ability to create a luxurious, high quality appearance. It is commonly seen on guitars, pianos, tables, staircases and wood panelling. French polishing is still done today, though not as widely as it is a time consuming process that requires expertise.
How much do French polishers charge?
A lot of French polishers will quote a job on a fixed rate basis, taking the exact requirements into account. This allows you to budget accordingly. However, there are variables that can change the rate. Location, the amount of work that needs doing and the complexities of the job can change the cost of a professional French polishing service. For example, French polishing a large wooden floor is likely to require a different skill set than French polishing a small table. The equipment and supplies required can also impact the cost.
Can you French polish pine?
Yes, you can French polish pine. As long as the pine has been sanded down to create a smooth surface, the French polishing technique can be done successfully. It is important to remove all dust and debris before you French polish pine as this can prevent an impressive finish from being achieved, and can prevent the polisher being able to get a completely smooth finish. You should also seal off any visible knots in the wood. The French polishing technique can be used with most types of wood, though some work better than others. It is easier to achieve a good French polish finish on hardwoods, such as maple, cedar and spruce.
Can old oak flooring be modernised to a grey finish?
'Yes.. Our team of French Polishers specialise in bespoke wood stain techniques. We offer a bespoke service on all modern wooden flooring including hardwood flooring. The same wood staining techniques can be applied to doors, staircases, handrails ,tables, paneling and much more...'
Can PLY wood be polished to look like Oak or Walnut?
'Absolutely; all engineered woods including MDF can be stained, polished and finished by our team of French Polishers and colour technicians to meet our clients needs.'
Yes... This type of work requires our colour specialist French Polisher. We will supply you with a sample for your approval before works commence. This type of bespoke polishing is what we specialise in. We provide this service across all trending top spec brands of colour choice.
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Do French Polishers convert furniture?
French polishers do not convert furniture from one thing into another but they do offer furniture repair and restoration services to existing furniture. You can enlist a French polisher to repair, repurpose and restore a wide range of items. This includes everything from wood antiques to musical instruments, from tables to doors. French polishers also work with wood panelling, staircases and floors.
We are a commercial business. Can you offer French Polishing on a large scale?
Our team of French Polishers has carried out large scale jobs for commercial clients including hundreds of hotel doors, miles of bannisters and handrails, cherished antiques for museums and private clubs. We offer flexible working hours so we can work outside your usual business hours to minimise disruption to your business.