Traditional French polishing

Do you need traditional French polishing?

This well-known wood finishing technique results in a high gloss surface which looks simply beautiful. It’s famous for producing a deep colour and chatoyancy, the latter of which comes from the French phrase which means ‘cat’s eye’ thanks to the fibrous structure of the material. It is a particularly beautiful way to finish highly figured wood.

The main material used with French Polishing is shellac; this is dissolved in alcohol using a rubbing pad lubricated with oil. It is softer than most other varnishes, but popular because it gives one of the most stunning finishes. This process can be very lengthy and repetitive, so it’s best to hire an expert. There are also variations in technique which contribute to the final appearance.

If you’re looking for traditional French polishing and live in London, look no further than Prestige French Polishing. We are a well-established French polishing company, who have been working throughout London for 15 years. We offer a vast selection of specialist finishes and repairs using traditional French Polishing techniques and more modern alternatives.

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