French polishing is such a lot quite just ‘french polishing’.
It has spread its art form to modern day lacquers and oils in order to provide the right look for the job. Where french polish is typically glossy and is suited to sometimes handrails and a few furniture, modern-day lacquers and oils are an alternate for a satin or matt finish.
As french polishers we provide you with the correct advice and have the knowledge and skill to give your wood all it needs to look its best.
Different techniques and different finishes are applied to suit a certain piece of furniture or handrail. This is all a part of the posh of french polishing and therefore the skill of the french polisher to advise and assist you in his or her job.
Colour matching, this is often where a french polisher can really show their skill. For example, if you’ve got a Kitchen floor which may be a certain colour and would really like to match your kitchen worktop to an equivalent colour, this will be achieved. Or maybe you want your handrail colour matched to your wooden floor.
The difference between french polishers and painter & decorators is vast. The difference between varnish and french polish or lacquer is also vast.
As tradesman we both have our skills. You would not have to choose a french polisher to wallpaper your room, so why would you choose a painter to finish a handrail. The difference knowledgeable can make to your woodwork, whatever it’s , is actually worthwhile .
So whether your furniture, kitchen or floor needs a refurb, or you have new joinery that needs colouring and finishing, were here to help you.
Unfortunately we do not do joinery repairs.
What is mean by french polish and how is it applied?
French Polish is basically mean `shellac`, which is a resin created by a `lac bug` and found on trees in India and Thailand. It is then processed and then turned into dry flakes, which are then dissolved in pure alcohol in order to make a liquid shellac. This liquid shellac can then sometimes be even more modified by suppliers to make it heat resisting. The term `french polishing` means the art of the application, this technique is used to bring out the very best in wood and furniture. As it leaves a deep shine and smooth finish,and thus It is considered the best treatment. French Polishing arrived within the 19th Century and was mainly used on expensive woods ie: mahogany or oak. These days it is used for all sorts of timbers and still retains to be the `Rolls Royce’ of wood – finishing. The french polish is typically applied with a brush to start out with and rubbed down smooth in between coats. it is then applied with what is referred to as a `fad`, which is mutton cloth. Finally it gets finished in a pad which is referred to as a `rubber`, which is made from a piece of wadding and rag.Sometimes the polish is thinned down with methylated spirits on the last few treatments or can even be applied with an oil. The oil acts as a lubricant and also helps to fill the grain of the timber. It naturally features a high shine finish which really brings out the sweetness of the color and grain.