|No. of coats||3 - 10|
|Coverage||Up to 10m² per litre|
|Drying time||20 mins|
French Polish is usually applied by skilled furniture repairers and restorers to produce a deep chatoyancy and warm lustre that has a glass or mirror-like finish. Usually applied over wood stains, dyes and sealers, Barrettine French Polish can be used to obtain additional depth and shine on fine furniture.
The White French Polish is an almost colourless polish, based on White Shellac, and best used on pale or bleached woods, when it is preferable to keep the colour as natural as possible.
The Brown French Polish is made from pure Flake Shellac mixed with alcohol, and is normally used for polishing darker wood species.
Ensure that surfaces to be treated are clean, dry and free from traces of dirt, dust or any other surface contaminants.
Always do a small test area before starting any project to assess compatibility and end result. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the bottle at all times.
The traditional French polishing method is to apply it with what is known as a 'rubber'. Although the term 'rubber' is used, the polishing applicator is actually made from a cotton cloth which is wrapped around cotton wool.
The 'rubber' is a great tool for controlling the distribution of French Polish on furniture and flooring, as it can be squeezed or relaxed in the hand to release or pick up more polish on the surface being worked.
For extra protection and a more traditional finish, a wax polish is recommended once Barrettine French Polish has fully dried and hardened. This can then be buffed to the desired sheen.