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Typical Problems

The 'finish' of a piece of furniture refers to its surface, and how it has been changed, or even removed, over the years, either through use or as a deliberate Sextant case before treatmentmeasure. In many cases, the finish is equally as important as the piece itself and, as such, maintaining the finish of a piece can have economic as well as historic and aesthetic benefits.

The problems we encounter with finishes vary, depending on the type of finish used, the nature of the piece and its use over the years, the age of the piece and so on. Typical problems with finishes include dry, cracked and yellowed varnish, flaking, blooming and blanching. 

Treatment options

We specialise in the finest quality traditional finishing techniques, and are particularly adept at retaining the patina of age. This is crucial to maintaining the lasting beauty, value and integrity of your furniture or wooden object. Sextant case after treatment

All finishing work is carried out in a manner sympathetic to the age of the piece, and any new work is undertaken in such a way that it blends with the original finish as seamlessly as possible. Depending on the nature of damage, we can undertake a simple surface clean or we may need to undertake a more complex treatment involving the removal and reapplication of the finish. Traditional finishing treatments we can work with include: 

  • French polishing
  • Burnished wax finishing
  • Colour matching
  • Oiling
  • Ebonising

Where appropriate, we can also provide new finishing techniques including sprayed lacquer finishes and contemporary oils.

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