Barrie's Polyester Repairs

Barrie's Polyester  Repairs

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  • Darwen, Lancashire BB30JG
    England
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Polyester Finish Repairs

Polyester is very shiny material that is used on many pianos to give them a high gloss finish.   It is very resistant to most wear and tear, although one drawback is the high gloss polyester is vulnerable to showing any scratches and chips instantly.  Polyester is an actually harder type of lacquer than French polish; it is easier to build up into a thick coat.  Surface scratches you can't feel with your fingernail are fairly easy to sand and polish out. However,  deeper scratches the ones can feel with a fingernail usually have to be filled in and polished.  Chipped areas also have to be filed and polished..

We can remove circular scratches in polished piano tops and Grand music desks prices start from £120.00 

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French Polishing and Pianos
French polishing is a wood finishing technique used on pianos that result in a very high gloss finish, with a deep colour and chatoyancy. French polishing consists of applying many thin coats of shellac dissolved in denatured alcohol using a rubbing pad lubricated with one of a variety of oils. French polishing became prominent in the 18th century. In the Victorian era. There are some references to shellac in Europe as early as 1590, French polishing was most commonly used on expensive woods such as mahogany or walnut in order to preserve their beauty. Commonly French polished items at the time were impressive pieces of furniture or instruments because they were expected to look good at all times. The Pad is lubricated with oil that then becomes part of the overall finish. the oil helps to stop the pad from sticking and lifting previously applied layers of shellac. , Softer oils such as mineral oil will produce a glossier but less hard finish whereas more viscous oils such as walnut oil and olive oil will produce a more durable finish.

Cleaning French Polish and Pianos
If the item has been French polished, rubbing the surface with a soft, clean cloth is usually ample. You can also polish it now and then with a little wax or even with a tiny bit of furniture cream. Sticky marks should be removed immediately with a cloth soaked in warm, soapy water and then wrung out it needs to be damp, not soaking wet.