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Oil finishs.
Tung oil or linenseed.
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July 16, 2018 - 3:59 pm
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Is it better to use Tung Oil or Linenseed Oil to refinish damaged repair areas. On oil finished instruments..

With violins there is no fretting over the music.


July 16, 2018 - 4:25 pm
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Hi OldOgre (and others).  The big question is if any finish continues to exist in the damaged area or does the damage extend into the raw wood.  You would have to apply a dye or stain to blend with existing before applying finish if the damage goes down to raw wood (like the marks left from fine tuners under a tail piece).  I would tend to use boiled linseed oil over tung oil, but steveduf is the expert on these matters on the forum and I would defer to him.  

I want to try Tru Oil (a boiled linseed oil based gun stock finish) but I have not found a good donor violin to try it on (I keep buying damaged violins on eBay for the project but find that their finish is too good to attempt to sand blast (with baking soda) to white.  

Cranks make revolutions.  JBS Haldane

July 18, 2018 - 9:41 am
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I do well with shellac but am not experienced with oils 

i do believe if it’s a deep wound that I would pre-stain with a powder stain and alcohol mix though


July 18, 2018 - 1:27 pm
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Another thing to keep in mind regarding shellac is that it can be applied over any finish and any finish can be applied over shellac.  It may be unique in that aspect.

Cranks make revolutions.  JBS Haldane

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