Fench Polishing kit

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£68.50

French Polishing Kit

68.5

An almost comprehensive set of professional materials for French polishing.

Depending on the timber, the surface may need filling with a light dusting of pumice or rottonstone over the oiled surface to fill any pores. That done the shellac is applied with a rubber, formed from a fad of cotton wadding tightly wrapped in pure cotton sheet and filled with polish. The rubber can be stored in a jam jar and used over and over again.

Shellac mixes are usually referred to in "pound cuts" so a 2lb cut is 2lb of shellac mixed with a gallon of spirit. Unless you intend to french polish HMS Victory, a gallon is far too much to have on hand.

10g shellac / 100ml meths is a 1lb cut
20g shellac / 100ml meths is a 2lb cut
30g shellac / 100ml meths is a 3lb cut

(We don't include the meths in our kit as it's flammable and we can't post it, but if you grab a bottle from your local petrol station you'll be all set - don't worry about the purple colouring in UK / EU meths - it still dries completely clear).

The dry flakes last for two or three years, but once mixed it will deteriorate over three to six months, so it's best to make it up fresh when you need it.  A 2lb cut is a good starting point for the base coats and then you gradually get thinner until eventually you are 'spiriting off' with neat meths.   

Once the surface is thoroughly dry it can be protected and maintained with a six monthly application of good quality wax polish.

French Polishing Kit
Contains:

  • Workshop Heaven Button Shellac 100g
  • Workshop Heaven Super Blonde Shellac Flakes 100g
  • Workshop Heaven Garnet Shellac Flakes 100g
  • Workshop Heaven Lemon Shellac Flakes 100g
  • Pumice Powder 100g
  • Rottenstone 100g
  • Sun Bleached Linseed Oil 100ml
  • Cotton Sheet 300g
  • Skinned Cotton Wadding 1 metre
  • 3M™ Wetordry polishing paper 281Q 1.0 Micron 2 sheets
  • 3M™ Wetordry polishing paper 281Q 2.0 Micron 2 sheets
  • 3M™ Wetordry polishing paper 281Q 3.0 Micron 2 sheets
  • 3M™ Wetordry polishing paper 281Q 9.0 Micron 2 sheets
  • Alfie Shine Hard Wax Polish 60ml

(we don't post the meths as it's flammable, but if you grab a bottle from your local petrol station you'll be all set - don't worry about the purple colouring in UK / EU meths - it still dries completely clear).

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