French Polishing Technique

Our team of French polishers

Stevens Furniture Restoration’s team has two expert french polishers with a combined experience of over 30 years, working for prestigious stately homes, commercial buildings and private clients. We can even french polish larger furniture items on site, ensuring all proper precautions are taken.

Through close analysis, we can determine whether or not french polish has been used as not all antique furniture is necessarily french polished. Antique furniture pre-1800s may have been coated in other types of resins and waxes. French polishing is the name given to a wood finishing technique which is the application of many layers of shellac- a natural resin taken from the lac beetle.

It is the most used of all the lacquers in antique furniture restoration. It intensifies the colour of most types of wood, and provides a high gloss surface and a beautiful chatoyancy effect.

French polishing is the most exacting and difficult among the wood polishing techniques, however, it provides the best results

Stevens Furniture London’s team of French Polishers possess over 30 years experience in French Polishing.


Our french polishing workshop is based in west London however we also work on site if it is required.