Flag Classic Range Button Polish is made from naturally derived shellac resins prepared in a fast drying alcohol solution suitable for use on crafted wood fittings and furniture where there is a need to create or restore the high gloss antique finish associated with this most traditional type of surface coating.
Button shellac is traditionally hand made from natural materials from the Indian Lac beetle. It is therefore less refined than machine made shellacs; however, this gives added strength to the polish film, and for this reason is often used as a finishing coat for a sealing stain. Flag Classic Range Button Polish is more cloudy and darker than the traditional French polish, and this trait makes it a great favorite with restorers to recreate “old” finishes. Button Polish is traditionally used when a slightly warmer appearance is required.
The golden appearance will enhance some woods for example, Walnut. Button polish is the traditional favorite for achieving a French polish.
Available in 500 ML bottle
Traditional french polishes are used to obtain an impressive deep gloss and smooth finish on good quality furniture. These polishes are to the same meticulous time proven method that has been used for centuries. They are blended from shellacs, dissolved in industrial methylated spirit or similar alcohols, varying in strength and color, depending on the polish chosen.
- Method Of Application : Polishers Fad, Brush or Conventional Spray.
- Coverage : 10 – 12 square meter per liter.
- Drying Time (TOUCH) : 10 – 15 minutes.
- Drying Time (RE-COAT) : See Specification.
- Pack Size : 250ml and 500ml.
- Shelf Life : 12 months or more unopened.
- Thinners : 1000 Thinners.
- Finish : Gloss.
- Equipment Cleaner : 1000 Thinners and Methylated Spirits*.
- Flash Point : 21 degrees centigrade.
- V.O.C Level : 651gms/liter.
NOTE: Although a number of these products give a gloss finish on normal application, the use of rubber to achieve the high gloss associated with French Polish would be recommended and would be essential with “cloudy” products.
Lightly sand timber to an even and smooth surface. Do not use an orbital sander as this will produce minute circular scratches which the polish will emphasize. A 400 grit abrasive paper is adequate. (Apply wood grain filer if you require the grain to be filled). Allow 24 hours to fully dry. Spirit based or Water based can be used to achieve an old fashion antique effects on furniture. When using water and spirit bases, allow to fully dry.
In between coats of French polish, ensure that the coats are fully dry ( especially when brushing), if not this will result in solvent entrapment which will lead to print marking from the table maps etc.
Alcohol based spirit dye can be used to tint the polish.
It is advisable to apply a thin coat of shellac sanding sealer onto the stained surface to seal in the stain surface. Once dry, lightly sand and apply the french polish.
HOW TO USE FRENCH POLISHES.
- Stage 1 – Make up a polishers fad. Take some wadding and wrap it in a lint free cloth until the sole is smooth and free from creases.
- Stage 2 – Open the fad to reveal the wadding and pour french polish onto the wadding, just enough to soak it. Wrap the wadding up and squeeze the pad until a residue of french polish shows through on the smooth sole.
- Stage 3 – Dab a small amount of linseed oil onto the pad just to lubricate the surface.
- Stage 4 – Starting in one corner, with even pressure, work over the surface in over lapping loops until the surface has been completely covered. If the pad starts to drags, refill the wadding as directed in stage 2 and 3.
Allow the french polish 24 hours to fully dry off. If the polish has raised any wood fibers, lightly go over the surface with the finest flour grade paper to remove the grain fiber. Apply more coats of french polish, if required, taking the utmost care not to damaged the existing french polish applied the day before. In between coats of french polish, ensure that the coats are fully dry (especially when brushing), if not this will result in solvent entrapment which will lead to print marking.