Chestnut Friction Polish

Chestnut Chestnut Friction Polish

MPN: 30042

Chestnut Friction Polish

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Chestnut Friction Polish

Friction Polish is a shellac based polish ideal for creating a high gloss finish on or off the lathe. It’s a great decorative finish and is ideal for small items but can be difficult to apply to larger items on the lathe (over about 8 inch diameter).


The high amount of shellac in Friction Polish does two main things. Firstly it helps seal bare wood and give it a great shine, which is good.


Nevertheless, Friction Polish remains one of the most popular finishes for turners. It can be applied to bare wood but is normally used over a sealer and any of the sealers in the Chestnut Products range are suitable for this. Applied with the lathe running it dries almost instantly and builds to a deep, rich shine very quickly. Avoid using too much as this can cause ‘rings’ to appear on the surface.


Friction Polish can be applied off the lathe with great success, using it like a French Polish and rubbing it into the surface. This does require a large amount of elbow grease (sadly not something we supply) but the end result is well worth the effort!


Customer Reviews

By on
"Very pleased with this polish. I'm using it after using the cellulose sanding sealant. Gives a nice smooth sheen."
Star Rating 5
By on
"Best friction polish out there"
Star Rating 5


ypical uses

High gloss finish usually used on the lathe although it can be applied off the lathe

Method of application

Either by holding a moistened pad against work revolving on the lathe or continued rubbing off the lathe

Drying time

The friction caused by application means that the polish dries immediately


Virtually impossible to calculate due to the nature of application


Can be used on bare wood or over any of the Chestnut Products’ Sanding Sealers. The final finish can be treated with Burnishing Cream for an even higher gloss. Waxes can also be applied over Friction Polish.


Apply a thin coat and keep the cloth moving. For an incredible finish try applying Friction Polish over a burnished coat of Melamine Lacquer then use Burnishing Cream on top.


Methylated Spirits (Should not be needed)

Safety Considerations

Highly Flammable. Use Safety Cloth when working on the lathe. (see Safety Data Sheet or warnings on can for full details).

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