Does varnish protect wood from burning?
One quick question: does violin varnish give the violin protection against external heat sources such as a lighter?
It's not that I plan to enjoy toasted violin with Hershey's and Marshmallows, but I ask this out of curiosity. If a violin had to pass a test were you put it over a lighter for 3 seconds, would varnish help resist the heat or the opposite?
Plenty of pianos have been scorched by having lit cigarettes left on the edge of the top or the cheek blocks. That's NOT what your F holes are for!
Aged dry wood burns really fast. I would not "test" an instrument in that way. To prove what theory?
I have been informed that the smell of a burning violin is really terrible. I've never tried it though...
George, it's in the first post, it's out of curiosity, I'm not testing anything, and I'm not trying to prove anything.
Imagine using your violin as a cigar holder... The Stevie Ray Vaughan of the concert hall. Or, coulda been, when smoking was allowed indoors.
I know first hand it doesn't. When I was a kid we had a house fire and all of our instruments, including our violins, were destroyed. The varnish didn't protect anything. If it did, I would be painting our house with varnish to protect it from future fires. :)
A Viola burns longer--sorry---
In general, varnish will soften, blister, separate from the substrate, or even melt before the wood starts to char. As an example, think of the practice of using a heat gun to strip paint.
I was sure that this was going to lead to more viola or vso jokes. Very disappointed;-(
I imagine most varnishes burn very well.
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