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Interesting YouTube video on repairing scratches on violins
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June 26, 2015 - 4:02 pm
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Aloha everyone,

This video is really cringe-worthy.  The luthier talks about scratches that can occur on your violin, as he constantly scratches up the violin he's holding.  I almost didn't want to watch.  He shows you how to repair the scratches, though.  It's a good video and I though I'd share.  I don't know what liquid he uses to "melt" the varnish, and the scratches are visible, but when he's done, the violin looks a lot better than just after the scratches - but still not as good as before the scratches





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June 29, 2015 - 10:44 am
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Probably Grain alcohol and perhaps some oil such as linseed oil. He is right though, you can cause more damage if you are not careful. Too much and the color will disappear. No idea what the second liquid is but it seems like some kind of furniture polish or liquid wax.

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July 5, 2015 - 2:23 am
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Those scratches are still very deep and in there. You can obviously see them in the reflection of the light as he turns it.

Not a lot he can do with a rag and some "magic liquid" at that point. The proper way would be to use steel wool and reduce the total thickness where they are and redo the varnish over that area. Certainly not an easy task.

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