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How to French Polish

In this article I demonstrate how we remove an old french polish finish on a John Broadwood piano fall. It is then french polished to a high shine using entirely traditional methods taught to me as an apprentice by the Dartington Trust owned Staverton Joinery.

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How To Strip and Refinish Wooden Furniture

This procedure is very simple to follow and will give your wooden furniture a natural-looking protective waxed finish. You will need: Paint stripper Coarse wire wool 120 & 180 grit sandpaper Methylated spirits (denatured alcohol) with 5% acetic acid in the solution Disposable foam-back kitchen scrubber Natural oil finish Gilboy's 'pure gold' beeswax polishing kit Method Strip the existing finish clean using paint stripper and coarse wire wool and follow the instructions on the tin. You may need to repeat this step until you have a clean surface. If the furniture is not an antique, start sanding the surface with 120 grit sandpaper, always with the grain. Using a block to hold the paper will make this process easier and more effective. When you are happy...

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How to Prevent Apple HomePod White Ring Marks

Prevention is better than the cure. If you are placing your Apple Homepod onto a wood surface the best prevention we can recommend is using a very high quality beeswax and carnauba wax polish. The special recipe we have developed over many years in our own furniture restoration workshop maximises the properties of these two natural waxes to create the best natural sacrificial coating for your wood.Apple says that “It can be caused by the oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface.” Our Gilboy’s Gold range of polishes are very easy to apply to all surfaces. It will create a thin barrier to help prevent such chemical reactions and protect against fine scratches, so preserving the finish of...

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