Furniture polishing or finishing covers a wide range of different materials and methods of application. The purpose of polishing is to protect the wood and to bring out the beauty and lustre of the grain and colour. Lightening or colouring is done at the finishing stage. This is were you can choose the colour to suit you or we can advise you what is suitable for your piece of furniture.
Probably the best known polishing is 'French Polishing' which is a polishing method rather than an actual finish. The material used is shellac, made from the shellac beetle and their dung. It has been used in this county for over two hundred years. French polishing gives furniture a deep shine that enhances and magnifies the grain and colour of the wood beneath. With older pieces of furniture the final finish is dulled to give a slightly aged look using pumice powder, fine steel wool and other fine abrasives.
Types of Polishing
- Wax is not usually a finish in its own right but is applied on top of finishes or seals to enhance, protect and clean the item.
- Wax Oil
- Wax Oil finishes are often used in areas of heavy wear, heat and water prone areas. Some are suitable for outside use.
- Lacquer, Polyurethane and Acrylic are other finishes we use, they all have their own properties and reasons to use.