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I have an old violin that my grandpa gave me. I didn't want to try any polish too soon on it because I was afraid I might ruin it. My mom always makes stuff like window cleaner and furniture polish. I'll ask her if she knows any polishes that would be good for instruments. If not, there is a music store around here that sells violin polishes for around $7.
I agree with Barry on this one. I am pretty sure you can make your own as well. Has anyone done a search on violin polish recipes. I found this one with a quick search:
2 oz rubbing oil or mineral oil
2 oz raw linseed oil
4 oz alcohol (the poster used ethanol)
4 oz water
Shake before use. Place on cloth and rub onto the surface.
It supposedly works great on instruments and bows.
NOTE: I have never tried this and will not take responsibility for it.
I might try this recipe. It has important features:
Includes oil(s) for rejuvenating the wood. (Does the Hill product? Does Hill bottle list ingredients? I'm curious, and not passing any judgement. I never used Hill.)
The above recipe includes alcohol which is usually taboo for varnish finishes BUT is probably here in small amounts to dissolve rosin dust(?)
I've read that some violin "polishes" ARE, in fact, mostly alcohol which cleans by virtue of dissolving some varnish along with rosin residue.
So, I think I will try this two-pronged approach on my most needy violin and see what happens. I will report back. I think the oil component may make an audible difference?
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