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P & T French Polishers experts in antique and modern finishes


about us.

P&T French Polishers are a small firm of highly skilled piano restorers, who work for a vast majority of the piano trade, repairing damaged case finishes.

  • High gloss polyester
  • French polished
  • Sprayed cellulose lacquer
  • Satin matt

We also repair soundboards; re-guild piano frames and woodwork repairs are often carried out for other piano companies. We carry out repairs in customer’s homes
and music venues frequently, so the piano does not have to be moved.


Our focus.

We understand your requirement and provide quality work.
Case restoration

Pianos completely stripped down so work on woodwork can be carried out thoroughly. Plates prepared and re-sprayed in guild then lacquered.

Polyester repairs

Repairing damaged polyester can be very successful and virtually invisible in most cases small knocks to major case damage could be carried out in situ.


Beautifully restored upright and grands pianos are for sale and can be viewed online and heard at our premises.

See our work

Visit our gallery below to view completed piano repairs and refinishes


Polyester repairs

Polyester is a flawless finish, which occasionally gets chipped and scratched; this modern finish can be repaired to be virtually invisible. Major damage would need to be repaired in the workshop as this would require respraying. Old polyester that looks dull and scratched can be sanded and buffed back to a high shine finish. In most cases pianos with minor damage can be repaired in-situ so no need to transport the piano to the workshop.
Repaired black upright

Buffed up upright

Damaged cheek

Typical polyester damage

Damaged leg


Repaired leg



Case Restoration

Pianos come into the workshop to be completely restored or repaired; damaged or missing parts can be repaired/replaced, all work carried out by our highly skilled craftsman. I have over 25 years of experience in the piano trade personally and our company combined workforce considerably more.

Case finishes

Faded rosewood veneer


Sample of finish

Music desk polished shows how underlying wood can be restored



Grand piano soundboard


Case repairs

Complete restoration grand pianos



We understand your requirement and provide quality works.

We have been using PT polishers (Paul Harris) for over 25 years both here at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London to undertake casework repairs and polishing on our vast piano stock.

Their polyester repairs and French Polishing / modern finish polishing is set at the highest standards and we are always very happy with the finished results.

I have also used Paul for full casework restorations for my private clients for their high quality work and attention to detail. I can highly recommend them.

Clive Ackroyd

Head of Piano Technical Services

Paul Harris is a brilliant piano polisher, professional, honest and with a strong work ethic.

During a recent project, the repair of a white piano case, he did an excellent repair bearing in mind that it was a c. 1970  piano, the white polish had gone yellow, had original black artwork and some parts were slightly damaged.

I will definitely recommend Paul. Regards. Louisa Beard Opera (LBOpera)

Louise Beard


I have been asked to provide a reference and I am happy to do so.  I have known Paul personally for over 20 years.  I have always found him to be honest and reliable.  His work is to a very high standard and as such I would have no hesitation to endorse his skill and talent.

Paul has a particular talent and skill in polyester repairs. My firm regularly calls upon Paul to assist in the specialist repairs often needed at the Royal Festival Hall, where the pianos have to be to the highest possible standard for the world’s most renowned musicians.         

If you require any further information and assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Johnathan Heard

Concert Piano Technician

This letter is to confirm Mr Paul Harris has carried out polyester repairs and refinishing of polyester finished pianos on a contractor basis for the Blüthner Piano Centre for at least the past 10 years.

I find Pauls work to be of a high standard that is required by our demanding clientele. I am happy to recommend him on a business as well as a personal level.

If you require additional information or assistance, please contact me on or 02077530533

Stuart Kernaghan

General Manager

Paul Harris

To whom it may concern

I can confirm that Paul Harris was previously employed by Steinway & Sons and specialised in French polishing and polyester repairs.

Since setting up his own company Steinway & Sons has continued to use his services on a regular basis.  In particular we use Paul to undertake full re-polishing of our restored pianos, both for customers and for sale on our showroom floor.

The pianos polished by Paul, and sold in our showroom are often premium priced restored instruments and the quality of the finish is second to none.

We have always found Paul’s work to be of the highest quality and we would not hesitate to recommend him to any of our clients.

If you would like any further advice or information please do not hesitate to contact me on 020 7535 5101.

Yours sincerely

Steinway & Sons

David Widdicombe

Technical Services Manager

David Widdicombe

Technical Services Manager



We understand your requirement and provide quality works.
Piano repairs
  • Damaged parts repaired or replaced
  • soundboards reconditioned
  • splits shimmed
  • boards bleached and varnished
  • Cracked frames repaired and re-guilded
  • broken legs repaired
  • Wooden threads recut.
Piano rebuilds
  • Grand pianos completely rebuilt
  • New soundboards & planks fitted
  • Ivory keys recovered
  • Ivory removed for export
  • Pianos restrung
  • Dampers felt replaced
  • Actions rebuilt
Piano polishing
  • French polished pianos repaired and completely re-French polished
  • Cellulose spray lacquer finishes matt or satin
  • Polyester repairs or full re-polyester
  • Pianos sprayed to match ‘Ral’ colours
  • Black satin pianos repaired or re-sprayed

Contact us for a quote now


Pianos for sale

Contact us for details or if you would like us to source you a piano

Steinway 'O' Grand fully reconditioned



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We understand your requirement and provide quality works.

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P & T French Polishers

3 Bridge Mills 

Twyford Road




Tel: 07774962000

Workshop: 01296733605



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