Thread: French polishing
5th Nov 2005, 07:28 AM #1
What sort of oil should be used for French Polishing. I have a set of instructions that say to use "white oil", but I don't know what this is. Would standard household oil, aka sewing machine oil, be appropriate?
I've recently finished an inlaid camphor box, and I love the finish from french polish, but I did it the cheaters way. I just painted it on, sanded it back smooth, and polished it with trad-wax and steel wool. I've also heard of people spraying french polish, which might also be a good option if it produces decent results. Anyone else tried this?
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5th Nov 2005, 08:55 AM #2
White Oil is paraffin oil available from the chemist. You can use that or raw linseed oil. DO NOT USE household oil.
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6th Nov 2005, 10:43 PM #3
Are you sure that your instructions don't mean White shellac or just shellac? Shellac is the basis for French polishing from what I can gather. You can find White Shellac here http://www.ubeaut.com.au/dewaxed.html.
Good luck, haven't tried it myself but have some shellac flakes sitting in the shed that I'm going to try when I get my next project done....
7th Nov 2005, 07:13 AM #4
Best Polish for it is:
One third of each shaken before use to get them to mix.
7th Nov 2005, 12:54 PM #5
As mentioned above, the oil is mineral oil, aka baby oil. I like the memories
the smell evokes when I'm polishing.
Make sure you use pure metho, available from Sceney's. I think Paint Rite store carry it.
You can dispense with using pumice atone and the like-I use Meguiar's
auto body products instead-#2 polishing compound and wax leaves a
The recipe noted previously for oil/wax is 1/3 turps/boiled linseed oil/beeswax.
I don't like the smell of oil or wax inside a draw or box, and in fact the oil
is food for the organism that makes things smell musty inside. Wax will eventually go rancid too.
8th Nov 2005, 07:03 AM #6Senior Member
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You might be interested in reading the very comprehensive tutorial on French Polishing at http://www.milburnguitars.com/fpbannerframes.html
It explains, in considerable detail, the materials used and how to use them. The FAQS page is worth reading for the info on repairing scratches, etc. on already FPed surfaces.
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