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Safety Tips for French Polishing

Discover important safety considerations when carrying out French polishing. This WoodFixers guide emphasises on maintaining safety while achieving a high-quality finish.

Hello, woodcare enthusiasts! At WoodFixers, we know that safety is as important as achieving a stunning finish when it comes to French polishing. So, let’s dive into some crucial safety tips to keep you protected during your French polishing projects.

Handle Materials Carefully

French polishing involves the use of shellac and denatured alcohol. While not as harmful as some other finishes, they should still be handled with care. Always follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions and use in a well-ventilated area.

Use Protective Gear

Always wear protective gear. This includes safety glasses to protect your eyes from splashes, and gloves to prevent skin contact with the materials. A mask or respirator can also help to avoid inhaling any fumes.

Fire Safety

Remember, alcohol is highly flammable. Keep it away from open flames or sources of heat. Ensure your working area is well ventilated and that you have a fire extinguisher on hand.

Safe Storage

Store your materials safely. Keep them in their original containers with the lids tightly closed, and store them in a cool, dry place out of reach of children and pets.


While French polishing is an amazing technique to bring out the beauty of wood, it’s important to follow safety guidelines to protect yourself and those around you.

At WoodFixers, we’re always here to offer advice and professional services to ensure that your projects are completed safely and to a high standard. Feel free to get in touch with any questions or to discuss your needs.

Stay safe and stay tuned for more woodworking wisdom from your friends at WoodFixers!