French Polish

Achieving a professional quality shellac finish applied using the French polish technique is much easier than one might think. This course will show you how to achieve professional results in a fraction of the time traditionally needed.

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About This Course

Welcome to the Robert O’Brien Online French polish Course. This course is chapter 12 of Robert O’Brien’s Online Classical Guitar Building Course. You can purchase the entire online classical course which includes this chapter or you can purchase just this chapter separately here.

This is not your grandpa’s French polish method. This is a modern day approach to the traditional method of applying shellac known as French polish. It greatly reduces the amount of time needed to French polish your guitar. It also covers surface prep in great detail.

In this 6 hour long course you will learn about:

Acoustically speaking shellac is arguably the best finish available for a musical instrument finish. Follow along as Robert de-mystifies the ancient art of French polish.

Mr. O'Brien's online French polish course, is an incredibly well thought out and put together set of instructions on his methods and materials. The entire process is clearly explained and the because of the excellent video work, you really feel as though you are the room with him. Chris
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I am a furniture maker and recently purchase your Shellac video class. I tried you process on a jewelry box and I could not be more happy. The results were superb and I thank you for sharing your process. Doug S
If you don’t have Robbie’s course on French polishing, do yourself a favor and get it! Joe in Idaho
Mr. O'Brien's online French polish course, is an incredibly well thought out and put together set of instructions on his methods and materials. The entire process is clearly explained and the because of the excellent video work, you really feel as though you are the room with him. Chris
I would like to express deep gratitude for your French polish course. By far the best result I have been able to get from a fp technique! Thank you for making it available. Ben
I built a new guitar recently with a design I did from scratch. On this guitar I used the directions in your arm bevel video and the directions from your french polish course. Both were great and easy to follow. I watched another builder's french polish course and it was so complicated, I was ready to abandon the idea until I watched yours. Mark in Colorado
You and I did a french polish on my dread last night and it turned out great! I make a pretty decent guitar, but I have been struggling with the finish. This is perfect since it isn't toxic and is not that hard to do, if one follows your video. Yes, you were right there with me via video, step by step. My applicator would even start to grab at the same time as yours in the vid. Happy I bought your video. And as an added bonus, the french polish has left a nice clear polish on my fingernails. This will definitely be the choice of finish going forward. Thanks for putting all of your tips on line and sharing your amazing knowledge. I may have to try the arm bevel soon. Kathy in Colorado
French Polish
6:10:09
Lesson 1: Finishing Overview 0:49
Lesson 2: Rounding over Bindings 15:12
Lesson 3: Intro to Sanding 2:56
Lesson 4: Gap Filling 7:03
Lesson 5: Sanding the Peghead 13:32
Lesson 6: Sanding the Neck 6:17
Lesson 7: Sanding the Body 9:39
Lesson 8: Masking 15:33
Lesson 9: Shellac Seal Coat 7:13
Lesson 10: Intro to pore Filling 7:50
Lesson 11: Pore Filling 14:26
Lesson 12: Sanding the Pore Fill 9:33
Lesson 13: Sealing the pore fill 4:48
Lesson 14: Pore Filling the Neck 11:06
Lesson 15: Top Prep 11:10
Lesson 16: Mixing Shellac 12:05
Lesson 17: French polish technique - Sealing 21:20
Lesson 18: French polish technique - Polishing 27:13
Lesson 19: French polish technique - Leveling and more polishing 24:31
Lesson 20: Spiriting off 14:13
Lesson 21: French polishing the sides 28:28
Lesson 22: Fixing Dents 5:34
Lesson 23: Spiriting off the side 12:39
Lesson 24: French polishing the other side 10:13
Lesson 25: French polishing the top 20:56
Lesson 26: French polishing the top (cont.) 19:56
Lesson 27: Finishing the Neck 23:30
Lesson 28: Finishing the Peghead 11:38
Lesson 29: Rubbing Out the Finish 11:14
Lesson 30: Polishing problem areas 2:23
Lesson 31: Finishing Conclusion 1:29