Premium Shellac Flakes For French Polishing

A premium shellac for making French Polish. Shellac gives a warm amber glow and can achieve a high gloss finish. It is an authentic finish for the restoration of antique furniture and french polished surfaces.

Shellac allows the unique blending of French Polish to suit the individual applicator and the project undertaken. Uses include interior woodwork and fine furniture restoration.

Once dissolved in methylated spirits, Shellac can be coloured with up to 10% Feast Watson Prooftint if desired

For table tops subject to high wear or liquid spills, Shellac should be top coated with a harder wearing finish such as Feast Watson Floorseal Oil.

surface preparation

Prior to application, ensure the timber surface is dry and free from any traces of dust, dirt, glue, wax, grease and oil.  Fill defects with a suitable wood putty, noting that a blend of several colours may be required to match the timber colouring.  If the grain is open or very coarse apply one coat of Feast Watson Sanding Sealer and when thoroughly dry, sand off back to bare timber. 

Sand new bare timber with a medium grit and then fine grit paper, thoroughly removing sanding dust by sweeping and vacuuming between each sanding grade. 

For previously coated timber, ensure that the old finish is completely removed by first sanding with a coarse paper, or stripping, then sand as for new bare timber.  If the old coating is a varnish, it will only need to be sanded back to a smooth, uniform matt finish.  Any wax build up on old French Polished surfaces should be removed prior to sanding, by wiping with a cloth dampened with warm soapy water or pure turpentine. 

Sanding Sealer


Dissolve Shellac into pure methylated spirits (95%) at the following rate:  250gms Shellac in 1 litre of pure methylated spirits.  Pour the required amount of methylated spirits into a glass or plastic container (do not use tin or metal as this will result in the solution darkening).  Add the Shellac to the methylated spirits stirring constantly until the Shellac is fully dissolved.  Filter the mixture to remove undissolved material. 

The Shellac mixture may be tinted with up to 10% Feast Watson Prooftint if desired.  If a thicker coating is desired, a slightly higher content of Shellac may be used in the mixture.

For best results apply the polish in dry, moderately warm conditions using a soft long handled brush, French Polish mop, rubber or cloth pad.  Apply one or two foundation coats then apply as many coats as required to fill the grain and achieve the desired finish.


To maintain the surface in good condition, regularly buff the surface with Feast Watson Wax or Polish.

  • Where to useFine furniture. For table tops or surfaces subject to high wear or liquid spills Shellac must be top coated with a harder wearing finish such as Feast Waston Floorseal Oil. Seek professional advice before working on antiques
  • Mix ratio: (optional)Dissolve Shellac in methylated spirits at the rate of 250g of Shellac to 1L of Methylated Spirits. For staining, add 10% Prooftint to tint the Shellac solution
  • Number of coatsAs many as necessary to achieve the desired result
  • Top coat (optional)Floorseal Oil (if desired)
  • Sanding time (optional)24 hours
  • Recoat time1 hour
  • Dry timeFull curing after 7 days
  • Clean upMethylated Spirits
  • Sizes available250g, 1kg