I fixed it, guys.

Edited: October 23, 2018, 6:18 PM · Remember that student-level violin my dad accidentally stripped with paint thinner? Well, here it is again, fully clothed once more:


Not perfect, but good enough for me.
It's annoying that this had to happen at all, but, you know what? I'm glad my dad ignored my advice, 'cos I learned a lot in revarnishing this instrument.

Also, d'you know a Chorda G with the winding taken off makes a better E string than the actual Chorda E? Who woulda thunk it?

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October 23, 2018, 7:05 PM · Cotton, that Chorda G idea is very interesting. I believe it is the breaking down of the interface between the winding and the core that determines when a string starts to lose its tone, so I'll try the "conversion" from the gut core of a Chorda G to a gut E string when the opportunity arises. There's nothing to lose (gut already pre-stretched, etc) and if it works well then it will be a useful way of recycling an old string; and the metal winding can also be recycled, as I think you've mentioned in another thread.
Edited: October 24, 2018, 2:52 PM · You know what they say, looks perfect from afar, but far from perfect... but I like your positive outlook. Would you mind sharing with us what you did?
October 24, 2018, 7:19 AM · Does your Mom know you are refinishing your violin in the kitchen? Is the mustard a secret ingredient? Nice job! Not an easy task.
Edited: October 24, 2018, 9:01 AM · The luthiers are gonna squirm with this one...
I kept the wax ground (which survived—no need to mess with it), and used red and brown oil-based stains from the hardware store to get the colour. Used a cloth to match the antiquing and then I did a few coats of shellac. Polished with toothpaste et voilà: an ok-looking fiddle.
October 24, 2018, 11:32 AM · Not just the luthiers.
October 24, 2018, 11:54 AM · If it works, it works.

The stains are mostly linseed oil, much like real instrument varnish. They're just a bit less transparent, but the original varnish isn't perfectly clear either.

October 24, 2018, 12:22 PM · happy halloween, y'all!
October 25, 2018, 8:58 AM · Be very careful with linseed oil. It is a known fire hazard, generating heat as it dries. If a used cloth with the oil still on it is thrown in the trash it will likely spontaneously ignite.
October 31, 2018, 12:57 PM · Nice job on that Cotton!

Trevor- Good to know.

November 1, 2018, 2:40 AM · 1:30ff for another risk.

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