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Mustang
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Does crazing in the varnish affect the sound of a violin? I have a violin with varnish that's crazed all over.

It kind of needs some cleaning too.. is it okay to use violin cleaner on it? dunno

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November 7, 2011 - 3:16 pm
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You can user violin cleaner/varnish but I really don't know what crazing is. Can you explain that to me please?

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Crazing is where the varnish gets alll kinds of little cracks in it.

Like this

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November 7, 2011 - 4:04 pm
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My guess is that it helps if anything. exactly

Doesn't look too good but varnish limits the sound a bit.

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Crazing happens from the varnish drying out too much or changes in temperature.  You can polish it up a bit buit that's about all you want to do. d

Do not use any alcohol or thinners on it.  A luthier can melt the varnish with oils or alcohol and then bring back the finish.  To do that might cost more than the violin though.  The crazzing will not effect the sound too much if at all.

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November 8, 2011 - 9:15 am
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Barry said:

.....To many solvents can seep in through the cracks in the varnish and cause further damage.

Good point. It's like an open sore on the violin.

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