French Polish - (Finish Furniture Musical Instruments) Glossary of Antique Terms F

French Polish - (Finish, Furniture, Musical Instruments) French polishing is a technique, not a material; the finish itself is shellac dissolved in denatured alcohol A technique of adding many layers of shellac by hand with a thick pad and buffing it to a shinny finish. A true French polish is all hand work, and with shellac and pad. Rubbing and rubbing until the finish is built up to the desired look.


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