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Irv
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I am thinking of building a varnish dip tank for violin bows, and I was wondering what finish is customary?  All of my (inexpensive) bows appear to have a satin finish similar to boiled linseed oil.  Would a spar varnish or urethane finish be acceptable?

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Fiddlerman
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October 16, 2018 - 12:34 pm
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A spirit varnish would definitely be acceptable. With violins, the best result comes from oil varnish because it allows the wood to vibrate more but with bows, I don't think we need it to vibrate quite as much. Not entirely sure.

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Hi Fiddlerman.  Any particular brand name to use and avoid?

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October 22, 2018 - 4:04 pm
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Irv said
Hi Fiddlerman.  Any particular brand name to use and avoid?  

Our luthiers make their own varnish so I'm not really familiar with varnish brands.

We get a lot of stuff from Howard Core.
Check out their finishing products: 
http://www.howardcore.com/Cata.....index.html

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