P & T French Polishers

P & T French Polishers

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  • 426 Long Drive,
    Greenford, London UB6 8UH
    England
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P&T French Polishers Ltd are a small firm of highly skilled workers who work for a majority of the piano trade repairing damaged case finishes, high gloss polyester, French polish and sprayed cellulose lacquer.


We also completely rebuild Grand’s and Uprights. Soundboards, piano frames and woodwork
repairs are a large part of our work for other companies. We carry out repairs in customers’ homes
and music venues frequently, so the piano does not have to be moved. I have over 25 years
experience of polishing pianos  High gloss polyester lacquer repaired which can be done at the workshop or home visit.

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French Polishers

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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.