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Our first major project
Stainer in bad shape
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To steveduf (and others).  Wow.  Beautiful restoration work.  You previously mentioned the use of English polish.  I have not heard of this technique, but judging from the photos it is definitely something I would like to know more about.  Please describe it. 

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Irv

i apologize,  it is actually called French polishing

i make my own varnish from shellac flakes and denatured alcohol.  I then use a piece of old cotton shirt balled up into another piece of T-shirt and dab up some varnish with it.  I rub a small amt of mineral oil on the violin and proceed to “massage” the varnish into the violin with circular motions. The oil keeps the varnish from being too sticky.  There are a few good videos on YouTube 

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Great pics. It is fun to do a project like this and be able to complete it. Good work. I enjoyed seeing the old time metal piece that was added to get the projection back into specs. I am sure the workman that did this was happy with his cure.

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steveduf said
Irv

i apologize,  it is actually called French polishing

i make my own varnish from shellac flakes and denatured alcohol.  I then use a piece of old cotton shirt balled up into another piece of T-shirt and dab up some varnish with it.  I rub a small amt of mineral oil on the violin and proceed to “massage” the varnish into the violin with circular motions. The oil keeps the varnish from being too sticky.  There are a few good videos on YouTube   

One improvement to this recipe would be to use grain alcohol rather than denatured. The poisons added to the denatured are no good for the varnish. It's easy enough to get a hold of a good grain alcohol such as 190 proof Everclear.

Congratulations on learning French Polish. It's not that easy, and you need to maintain movement to avoid hurting the varnish, but it's a lot of fun when you get the hang of it and very rewarding.

You get a DIY badge. 🙂

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Nice work 😀 

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