GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen
Repair Polish – French Polishing – Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast
|For great longevity and high-quality workmanship, invest in GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen French Polishing, French Polisher, Repair Polish. Traditional shellac, premium lacquer, wax and faux finishes. Also, Japanned or ebonised finishes. As traditional French Polishing artisans, we painstakingly retain original antique patinas, touching up and colour matching to wondrous effect. Alternatively, we can remove the original finish carefully, by hand, then repolish to your exacting requirements.
We are traditional French Polishing, French Polisher, Repair Polish artisans who are furniture makers and restorers of renown established in 1983. Our craftsmanship appeals to discerning clients who appreciate long-lasting quality created using traditional techniques. We go the extra mile to maximise the value of treasured antiques, premium quality furniture and high-end joinery. Our polishing and colour matching skills will impress and amaze you.
We cover all styles including Provincial, Rustic, Country and Farmhouse, Louis, Rococo, Tudor, Elizabethan, Jacobean, William and Mary, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency, Victorian, Arts and Crafts Movement, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Biedermeier, Oriental, Japanned and Lacquer finishes. Furniture manufactured by now-defunct local companies including Harvey Bros, Bell Bros, Rosenstengel can be brought back to their former glory as well.
Past private, public and corporate commissions include antiques, heirlooms and bespoke and fine furniture as well as premium joinery, and vintage and prestige transport:
Table, chair, bench, settee, chaise, case, chest, writing box, jewellery box, chest of drawers, lowboy, tallboy, desk, bonheur du jour, armoire, bureau, sideboard, overmantel, bookcase, library furniture, clock, piano, display cabinet, bedside cabinet, bed, dressing table, cabinet, cupboard, credenza, linen press, davenport, day bed, dining suite, lounge suite, entertainment unit, dumb waiter, secretaires, escritoire, etagere, card table, games table, wicker, cane and basketry, statue, vintage telephone, stereo and radio cabinet, gramophone case and cabinet, standard lamp, occasional table, whatnot, Canterbury, chess and game board, picture frame, mirror frame, tray mobile, washstand, hall stand, and fine outdoor furniture, door, window, wainscoting (wall panel), architectural feature, architrave, fireplace, staircases, horse-drawn vehicles, cars, yachts and jets, french polishing for guitars and musical instruments.
Prior to the commencement of any new French polishing work absolutely all old polish is carefully removed by hand. Caustic dips are not used, nor recommended as they are damaging. The chemicals permeate the timber grain and unsightly discolouration can appear between the timber and new finish over varying amounts of time following the repolishing. The integrity of the frame and carcass strength is tested, pre-polishing. Any loose or moving joints are traditionally re jointed, to maximise the longevity and integrity of the polish seal surround.
The surface is prepared with a light sand to retain patina, or proof of age, hence value. For new pieces, we sand to ever-increasing degrees of fineness, until we attain a perfectly smooth and evenly level surface. Great care is taken to keep the quirks and mouldings sharp and defined using custom-shaped sanding blocks and due diligence.
We then grain fill and lightly stain to give the timber life. When light plays upon the finished surface you can see the crisp, clear polished finish and the natural beauty of the timber grain character. This is due in no small measure to dedicated workmanship, for multiple layers of shellac or premium lacquer are applied. Each layer is cut back by hand before the next layer is applied. Best of all, time is given for the drying process between each application.
A full, yet clear polish is the reward. You cannot rush a good-quality polishing job. A final wax over provides additional protection and gives a mellow, olde, yet well-maintained appearance. Even new items can be made to appear aged by highlighting high points and dulling down low points, giving one pause to wonder just how old an item really is. We also can apply physical faux patina, upon request.
Where touch-ups and conservation of the original polished finish are requested, we colour match after repairing deeper scratches and indentations, using various traditional tricks of the trade. Where new pieces are made to match existing pieces, the matching of polish colour and shine is precise. Only the most discerning expert would pick the difference!
A Discerning French Polisher
For a wide range of finishes, you need only ask. We do a diverse range of authentic finishes to honour the intention of the original manufacturer. Such finishes include natural oils, various waxes, coloured lacquer (a premium quality job, instead of merely painting furniture), japanned or ebonised finishes, and a wide variety of faux finishes and artistic effects can be achieved. A speciality field of our restoration and conservation work is furniture featuring painted artwork.
What Is French Polishing And How Does A French Polisher Work In Brisbane, Gold & Sunshine Coast?
French polishing, a wood finishing method, results in a high gloss surface with deep colour and chatoyancy. French polishing involves applying thin layers of shellac, dissolved in denatured alcohol and lubricated using rubbing pads. The rubbing pad is usually made from absorbent cotton or wool cloth wadding within a piece (mostly soft cotton cloth). It is also known as a fad or a rubber, tampon or muneca (Spanish meaning “rag doll”).
French-Polish is a process and not a product. Shellac is the main material, but there are many other shellac-based finishes that can be used, some of which may not be as good as French polishing.
French-Polish is a great way to accent exotic wood grains. It is more flexible than modern varnishes or lacquers. The finish can also be sensitive to water and alcohol spillage, which could cause white cloudy marks and heat damage. French-Polish, on the other hand, is easier to repair than traditional and modern varnish finishes.
French polishing is a finishing technique that was invented in the early 19th century. French polishing was used primarily on mahogany and other high-end timbers. This was the preferred finish for fine furniture, as well as string instruments like guitars and pianos. This process was labour-intensive and many manufacturers gave up on it around 1930.
They preferred the faster and cheaper techniques of spray finishing with nitrocellulose lacquer or abrasive polishing. A pad of pullover, which is similar to traditional French polishing, is used instead of abrasive polishing in Britain. This will melt the surface of the spray and fill the grain while also burnishing to give it a French-polished look.
Shellac’s tendency to melt under low heat is another reason it fell out of favour. Hot cups, for instance, can leave marks. French polish, however, is more flexible than other finishes in that it can be easily repaired, unlike lacquers.
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GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen French Polishing – French Polisher – Repair Polish Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast
Why Is It Called French Polish?
French polish is a type of shellac-based finish that is commonly used on wooden furniture. The name “French polish” comes from the fact that this type of finish was originally developed in France. French polish is applied in several thin coats, and it produces a high-gloss finish that is both durable and beautiful.
The phrase “French polish” has been used to describe a type of wood finishing for over two hundred years. Though the process is often attributed to the French, the exact origin of the term is unknown. There are several theories about how the technique got its name, but the most plausible explanation is that it was first developed in England and later popularized by the French. Whatever its origins, French polish has been prized for its beautiful, durable finish for centuries.
Is French Polish Toxic?
French polish is a popular finish for hardwood furniture. It is made from shellac, alcohol, and other ingredients. Some people believe that French polish is toxic, but there is no evidence that this is true.