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    Applying varnish on the Montagnana cello

    I varnish in three stages, the ground application, which takes me about a week to complete, the varnish layer, it takes me about ten days, and the finishing layer, another ten days.  In between coats I like to sand the varnish to even out rough surface spots.  However sanding is extremely light as I also try to preserve the layers thickness.


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    I have another question.
    I use oil based varnish for my instruments.
    I, too, apply ground coat before starting varnish layers.
    But I have not found yet proper method for closing the end grain on the scroll.
    As you know, if you don't close the end grain well, the ground maaterial and the varnish tend
    to be absorbed easily into the spots.
    When I apply ground coat, I put some water on end grain parts of the scroll
    and start applying it quickly.
    I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

    December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSock Chol

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    December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSock Chol

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