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Advanced French Polishing Techniques:

Delve into more advanced and specialised techniques of French polishing. This WoodFixers guide is designed for experienced wood workers looking to refine their skills.

Greetings, experienced woodworkers! Today at WoodFixers, we’re delving into some advanced techniques in French polishing. If you’re ready to take your skills to the next level, this guide is for you.

The ‘Spiriting Off’ Stage

Once the surface is filled with shellac, ‘spiriting off’ involves using a pad dampened with pure alcohol. This helps smooth out any irregularities and removes excess shellac for a mirror-like finish.

Colour Matching

Advanced French polishing often involves colour matching. This may require tinting the shellac or using coloured spirit dyes to match the existing wood colour accurately.

Working with Veneers

French polishing veneered furniture requires extra care to avoid damaging the thin layer of wood. Special techniques, like using a lighter ‘rubber’ or applying fewer coats of shellac, can help protect the veneer.

Restoring Antiques

French polishing antique furniture often requires advanced techniques to preserve the piece’s integrity. This can include stabilising loose veneer, repairing damage, and carefully removing old finish without damaging the wood.


These advanced French polishing techniques can elevate your work, delivering exceptional results that truly showcase the beauty of the wood.

If you’re looking for professional French polishing services or further advice, the team at WoodFixers is here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Stay tuned for more insights and advanced techniques from your experts at WoodFixers!