Re: Varnish Blues

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Posted by Martin Shridan on June 02, 2001 at 14:24:19:

In Reply to: Varnish Blues posted by Jon C. on May 23, 2001 at 23:03:32:

: Say, I'd like some feedback on what to do with my bass. It is a 1936 German 3/4 carved top and back, that has been in dry storage about 35 years. Now after I've done extensive repair to neck, back, and peg box, I have decided it is too sound of an axe leave the the way some previous doofus'smeared shellac overlay all over. It has more texture than the thickest paint roller I have ever used! Maybe I should wait till its strung and played to make my mind up. This is my backup, now that I'm doing more URB. #1 bass is due some repairs. I guess my question is about what brands of finishes have worked well, and not muffled the sound. thanks

..Take some 400 wet and dry sandpaper. Lightly wet the paper and rub in a cirular motion until you've got most of the brush marks rubbed out. Then take a 4" square piece of old jeans material. Put some denatured alcohol on it, not soaking, just a little. Add one drop of mineral oil, or linseed oil. Rub the varnish in one area in a circular motion and press hard. Keep doing this. Start out fairly hard and then rub lighter. Make sure you don't stop rubbing while in motion. Kind of land on the varnish, rub and take off again like an airplane. This is not an easy technique to learn, but it's the way a professional might do it. It's going to take a long time, but the results should be satisfying.

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