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John Smith

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#1 posted 02-03-2018 03:21 PM

Tom, if you google “French Polishing” – you will find some very interesting reading.
I have only used French Polishing a few times and I don’t know the “hows or whys”.
different woods and desired finishes require a different “recipe” of the mixture ingredients.
the Old Masters have used it for centuries. if it works for them, it should work for us.
when you say you apply the mixture to “a rotating object”, I am assuming you are talking
about objects turned on a lathe ?? what wood are you using ? I have applied varnish recipes
and other mixtures to certain hardwoods and they are still “sticky” 2 days later.
your recipe sounds like a better approach than mine to achieve a quick drying finish.

the last time I used it was on a mahogany cabinet that held 8-Track music cassettes,
5 and 7” Reel-to-Reel sound tapes and VHS/Beta VCR tapes. so, that will give you an idea of the time frame.

I don’t think I would like the motorized “friction polishing” unless I was in a high volume furniture shop.
I just like the “hands on craftsmanship” that hand applied polishing techniques give you.


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