It is fun.......

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Posted by c.veltman on December 05, 2000 at 14:54:30:

In Reply to: VARNISH/LACQUER posted by Gavin Nightingale on December 04, 2000 at 17:31:47:

Hello Gavin !

It is a lot of work but if you enjoy these kind of things,
itīs a lot of fun too !

Worth mentioning again is that one should think a ...100... times before
doing this on a instrument. Just so you know the instrument is
not valuable or/and has an interesting provenance.

I have done this twice and the results have been rather good.
It does take a lot of time and experimenting.

There are many ways possible but if your bass has an ok laquer,
why not simply tone it ? The bass shown on my page (link below)
was in an extremly damaged condition and therefor I choose
to remove all laquer. Yes, to the bare wood...
I then applied two thin layers of spirit varnish (shellack).
The laquer was slightly toned red.
After this, I applied very very thin layers of artists oilpaint
to be able to "create" a more antique looking finish.

By mixing the artist colours (burnt sienna etc)it
gave the instrument a little "patina". The oilpaint is
mixed with terpentine of high quality, this so it does not "explode".
It was applied with a cloth.
This takes a few days to dry.

I finished the bass with several layers of spiritvarnish
and finally polished the bass with soapstone in powder form
to get the "real" look. The polishing took me quite some
time and was "hard" work. No machine was used.
My intentions were to create a "vintage" look as
this is my favorite.

Did it change the tone of the bass ? IMHO not at all !

Remember I am not a luthier, although a bassplayer and
my way to go about this project may not be recomendable !
This post only explaines what I did.
It was great fun and I will likely do it again :-)
Please click the link below to view the bass !

My bass is now sold and the buyer was... a luthier !

Kind regards,
Christian V
ps, please excuse my spelling...

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