Padouk Tradititional French Polishing

Padouk Tradititional French Polishing

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  • Seven Thorns Lane
    Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6DD
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Specialist in piano polishing, all casework repairs, brassware renovation & Antique furniture. We arrange for secure & professional transport of pianos for restoration. My name is Barry Wateridge and I established my business in 1976 as a traditional French Polisher. I specialise in the renovation of grand, upright and square pianos. my considerable experience includes the repairing of casework, veneers, mouldings, soundboards and the renovation of brassware as well as restoration of all types of antique furniture


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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.