Category Archives: French Polishing

French Polishing is a Classic Finish for Wood Furniture

Have you ever heard of French polishing? If you have not heard of this technique for finishing wood furniture, you have most certainly seen a French polished piece of furniture or a French polished piece of wood. The technique is considered to be “classic.” It is a type of wood finish that was popular in the late 19th century during the Victorian era, but is still seen today in specific circumstances.

The term “French Polishing” does not refer to a specific brand of finish. It can better be described as a method of adding several layers of shellac combined with denatured alcohol to a piece of furniture using a method of rubbing until the finish is smooth. The end result is a very glossy and glass-like finish that provides depth and deep color to the furniture.

French Polishing Takes Practice

It is not easy to learn the art of French polishing. Many who have been working in the furniture refinishing business for years do not know how to accomplish the perfect looking French polish on a piece of furniture. Nonetheless, French polishing techniques can be learned with adequate practice and a willingness to use a lot of elbow grease!

How to French Polish – Preparation

Preparation for Learning How to French Polish Involves Becoming Knowledgeable About Shellac Want to learn how to French polish furniture? French polishing requires a bit of preparation because it involves using a specific application technique. French polishing is a method used to apply shellac to antique furniture. Many people believe that French ...
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French Polish Supplies

List of Important Materials Needed for French Polishing French polishing requires a few needed materials. The most important supplies that are required at the beginning of any project are: Shellac Flakes Denatured Alcohol Pure Lamb’s Wool Cheesecloth or a Clean Cotton Cloth Sandpaper Pumice Squeeze Bottles Salt Shaker (for disbursing pumice) ...
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French Polish – Making the Pad

Making a French Polish Application Pad Requires Only Two Materials Making an appropriate French polish pad is extremely important in the process of adding shellac to a piece of antique wood furniture. There are a few steps in the French polishing process – preparing the wood for finishing, sanding the wood, mixing the shellac flakes […]
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Applying French Polish with a Pad

Applying French Polish with a Pad is a Technique — Not a Material When many people hear that they should apply French polish with a pad to their wood furniture, they instantly think that French polish is a substance rather than an application technique. French polish is not a material or substance. It is the […]
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Applying French Polish with a Brush

Applying French Polish With a Brush is More Difficult Than Using a Pad There are some furniture restoration professionals who will say that applying a French polish with a brush is not the correct way to achieve this type of finish. But, this is not necessarily true. French polish can be applied to wood using […]
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