French polishing is one of the most popular services in the world. Being a small family run business we provide a personal service that is necessary. From the first contact to completion, your question will be answered by one of our highly skilled french polishers so you can be sure that you have made the right choice when contacting Gallant Restorations. French polish is made from shellac flakes, which is a secretion of the lake beetle found in Asia, and alcohol. The secretion is harvested and then processed into flakes and also into buttons (where the name button comes from). French polishing has been undertaken in the UK for approximately 300 years. Before french polishing was used as a finish,joiners and cabinet makers finished furniture with a mixture of linseed oil, turpentine and beeswax. This mixture has been applied to a wooden wrapped wrapped around a wooden block, which has been vigorously rubbed over the furniture for a period of time. When french polish was introduced into the country, the cabinet makers gave the product to the finishing rooms and essentially left the finishers to it without instruction; of course, finishers were unfamiliar with the use of a completely different method of application. This article is not available in English, French, German, English, French and German finishing became a very important part of the cabinet maker's trade as a good finisher.