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Violin Q & A: Violin Polish Recipe

Violin Q & A: Violin Polish Recipe

by George Manno

Originally published in American Lutherie #9, 1987 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 2000

No matter what I use to polish a violin, it never seems to clean it completely. Do you have any suggestions?

I have never found a product that cleans as well as polishes, although many manufacturers claim that their product will do both. Taking into consideration the instrument’s age, type of varnish, and how dirty it is, there are a number of cleaning products that you can use. Example: a French violin, ca. 1875, covered with a thin spirit varnish, with enough caked-on rosin so that ridges have formed on either side of the fingerboard.

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