Violin PolishInstruments: Does anyone know any good violin polish?
From Rowell Jao
From Sue DonimI use Hill's varnish cleaner.
Posted on June 28, 2004 at 09:00 PM
From Rowell JaoI've used Lewis'Fiddlebrite on my student instrument before. So I'm not sure if I should use it on my old old better instrument.
Posted on June 29, 2004 at 02:09 AM
I stopped using violin polish after I heard from old teachers that they're bad for your violin because they leave buildup and it's better to bring it to a professional violin shop and have them clean the violin for you.
From Peter FerreiraThe Hill is pretty good, but I prefer and recomend that you take it to a good luthier and get it done.
Posted on June 29, 2004 at 04:20 AM
From Thomas McEvilleyHill is okay as it contains no wax or fillers that build up and bind to the varnish. It can strip some varnishes though, if used to enthusiastically
Posted on June 29, 2004 at 08:28 AM
From Peter FerreiraOuch, I hate that phrase: " It can strip some varnishes..."
Posted on June 29, 2004 at 03:23 PM
From Maximillian TresmondGood afternoon.
Posted on June 29, 2004 at 05:06 PM
I heard from some of the folks over at Maestronet (was it Michael Darnton who first said it?), they seemed to reach a consensus that polish is dangerous to the varnish.
I don't know, I am not a luthier.
From Michael AvaglianoI heard that Crest toothpaste, Vaseline, and prune juice mixed together works pretty well.
Posted on June 29, 2004 at 07:25 PM
Seriously, though, the best polish is none. Keeping the instrument clean by wiping it off after you play is the best maintenance you can give it. Anything beyond that, let a luthier do the work. I've seen too many 18th century instruments with varnish that looks like it's plastic because of the overpolish.
From Ben Claptoni have a martin and co instrument polish that I use. It's primarily a guitar polish but works on any wooden instrument. I don't polish it all that often though, probably only once a year, maybe twice. The 250ml bottle i've got has lasted me about 5 or 6 years and is about half full atm.
Posted on June 30, 2004 at 05:46 AM
I'd usually only polish it before a big concert, like a competition or solo performance. I find it make the violin look much better and sound a fair bit better as well. But I wouldn't do it every week.
This polish is good because it's in a spray bottle, which means you don't apply all that much.
From det tedPurely subjective. I like Hill.
Posted on July 1, 2004 at 12:58 PM
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