Finishes add the personal touch to your specialist handrail and staircase and they can be as varied as finger prints. An endless variation of stains and pigments to obtain the perfect colour, all the different top finishes, waxed, oiled, French Polished, giving you a, Matt finish, Soft sheen finish, gloss and High gloss finish.
We prefer the traditional method of, Shellac based, French Polishing, but can also use any of the modern methods of Varnishes and two-pak polishes, as requested. Bespoke and specialist paint finishes can also be applied onto hand rails and these are special one offs, created by 'Hannah Eustace, Specialist Finishes'.
French PolishingFrench polishing became prominent in the 18th century. In the Victorian era, French polishing was commonly used on mahogany and other expensive woods. It was considered the best finish for fine furniture and string instruments such as pianos, lutes and guitars.
The process was very labour intensive, and many manufacturers abandoned the technique around 1930, preferring the cheaper and quicker techniques of spray finishing nitrocellulose lacquer and abrasive buffing. In Britain, instead of abrasive buffing, a fad of "pullover" is used in much the same way as traditional French polishing.
This slightly melts the sprayed surface and has the effect of filling the grain and burnishing at the same time to leave a "French polished" look.
This Finish Was Used At:
- Buckland Terrace
- The Stablehouse
- Corinthia Hotel
- Blenheim Terrace
- Bishops Avenue
- Maisonette Flat
- Little Portnal House
- Private Residence
- Sena House
- Private Residence
- Maida vale
- Regents Park
- Sunningdale & Wentworth, Surrey
- South Kensington, London
- Swiss Cottage, London
- Complex geometry creating simple lines
- Chelsea Threate
VarnishingVarnish is a transparent, hard, protective finish or film primarily used in wood finishing but also for other materials. Varnish is traditionally a combination of a drying oil, a resin, and a thinner or solvent. Varnish finishes are usually glossy but may be designed to produce satin or semi-gloss sheens by the addition of "flatting" agents.
Varnish has little or no colour, is transparent, and has no added pigment, as opposed to paints or wood stains, which contain pigment and generally range from opaque to translucent. Varnishes are applied over wood stains as a final step to achieve a film for gloss and protection.