Violin Basics : Violin Polishing

Violin Basics : Violin Polishing


Today, we’re going to discuss how to polish
a violin. It sounds like a simple thing, very important not to use polish that’s going to
hurt the varnish. Most important thing. Most violin shops will have some kind of formula,
whether, you know, it’s something they mix up themselves, which we do here. Or, it’s
something you buy in a bottle, pre-made. It’s important that, to be able to trust the polish,
trust the solvent, what ever’s in there. So, this is something we mix up. I have a real
basic Luthier’s book. Basically, what we’re going to make, remember is, you apply polish
to the rag, not to the instrument. It’s important, not to directly pour polish onto the varnish.
Onto the instrument, and rub out the smudges, rub out the rosin, rub out the dirt. Take
a clean rag and follow it up, buff it out really well. Important not to leave, you know,
wet polish on the violin, it fingerprints, it attracts stuff. So, as soon as you get
it all clean, dry it off good. And then, you’re good to go. Important not to push around the
F hole here. Don’t push hard on here, it could crack the F hole. Don’t push hard here, it
could crack the F hole. Gentle around the F hole. Go for a dry rag, and buff it out.
I don’t know about you, but I’m buying this half. When you get into the scroll area, this
is a good example of a scroll that’s really pretty dirty. Obviously, you just get in there,
tight, work around in there, takes a little time to get in the hole, all scroll. But man,
buff it out good. If you clean it regularly, it doesn’t build up rosin, and dirt, and it’s
not just such an insurmountable task to overcome, and clean your violin. So, just stay with
it regularly. It’s good for the varnish and it looks better.

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