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fishnrodds
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Well, here I am 4+ years after starting my adventure into fiddle world.

 When I started I bought a 30 dollar made in china instrument, was fine to start with. After tweeking it so it was decent, which included new strings, tailpiece, soundpost adjustment and a new bridge I had it sounding respectable. A freind of mine has kids and one wanted to learn about a year and a half ago. I gave him this one, I have others..It came back to me today in good condition, bummed the kid didnt have success but I guess not everyone is cut out for the fiddle game. It comes home at a good time, I need a fiddle with a pickup in it..This would be a good canidate.

 Heses the touchy part, I want to get rid of the infamous bright orange chinese finish and get some old school color on it, maybe some old timey decorations.. My question is this, what is the most efficent way to get rid of the orange? Im a patient and persistent guy with nothing better to do with my spare time than mess with fiddles..

 If i screw it up Im really not out anything, not likely to screw up either I guess..

 Looking for some direction.. thanks good folks!!  paul

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Kevin M.
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When I want to remove a finish completely I use scrapers. I don't like using solvents at all and sand paper tends to wear off too mu wood and take too long.

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@ Kevin, could You please post a picture of a scraper? I mean, i know the translation, but i wouldn't dare to use those scrapers that i know onto a violin LOL! duncecap Just so curious amuseembarassed

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I just recieved a text back from a luthier friend of mine. He said to use a solvent called Citristrip and a soft plastic scraper. The scraper can be cut from the plastic container that yogert or cottage cheese comes in. He said to not use alcohol as it can stain the grains and is dangerous to your lungs and bronchial tubes.

He gave me this website as a reference. I read through some of it. Pretty interesting ideas here.

http://www.maestronet.com/foru.....l-varnish/

 

I have no idea if this works, I just txt'd and asked him.

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

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Scraper-Set.jpgMad_Wed said
@ Kevin, could You please post a picture of a scraper? I mean, i know the translation, but i wouldn't dare to use those scrapers that i know onto a violin LOL! duncecap Just so curious amuseembarassed

 These are the type of scrapers I use. They are fl;at pieces of steel with a burnished edge.

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thanks guys!!thumbs-up

if i mess up the world isnt gonna miss out on an old VSO...lololol

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Thanks, Kevin! It explains a lot! =)

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FishnRodds, 

Did you do the stripping/refinishing project?  How's it look?coffeeI did a guitar top this past summer, it was rewarding and gave me the confidence to try it again... maybe on my violin??

 

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