Furniture polishers polish timber furniture and musical instruments by hand or machine to give them a protective and attractive finish. They also apply polyurethane-based finishes for flat panel products, such as kitchen doors and panels.
Duties & Tasks
Furniture polishers may perform the following tasks:read and interpret work documents
estimate job costs
dismantle and reassemble furniture
remove old finishes by stripping, scraping, sanding or applying solvents or paint strippers
mix and apply stains and paint to timber and other surfaces
spray on lacquers, varnish and two-pack finishes
polish with French polish, wax or lacquer
apply graining and decorative finishes
make minor repairs to damaged furniture
set up, operate and maintain mechanical coating and other furniture finishing tools and machinery.
Furniture polishers work in workshops, which may be noisy due to the operation of industrial machines and tools. They usually stand for most of the day and wear protective masks as some lacquers give off strong fumes.
enjoy practical and manual activities
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
normal colour vision
good hand-eye coordination
able to pay attention to detail
good communication skills
able to work independently and in a team
free from allergies to the solvents, varnishes and other materials used.