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French Polishing

French Polishing is the art of covering wood with glossy layers of shellac dissolved in a solution of denatured alcohol.

Shellac is an animal product, which comes from an insect after it has feed on certain types of trees grown in India and Southern Asia.

Having Sheridan and his team French Polishing an item sees the beauty, distinction and figure of various timbers being brought out and shown to their best advantage or, brought back to life.

The French Polishing process is lengthy and repetitive with the finish being obtained by a combination of different rubbing motions. The thin coats of shellac are built up using a "rubber" or pad of wadding wrapped in cotton. The resultant glossy surface may be left as it is or dulled off and waxed to give a pleasant hand finished satin finish.

Without proper care and maintenance a French Polished finish, just like any other finish, can deteriorate over time. Talk to us about the best way to care for your French polished or antique furniture? In fact we can help you look after all Antique, Vintage, Retro & Modern furniture.

With our years of experience, we can guide you on whether the finish and lustre can be brought back to life, tarted-up or if your piece needs to be re-polished.

Call Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm or Saturday 11am to 3pm on 03 9889 4984 or 03 9809 0303 to find out more, or email