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  1. Yes, I would think water would be harmful and possibly change the tone, as one protects against hand and neck sweat. I also agree with tung oil (thinned significantly) as it can be applied as a hard surface treatment but uniquely, does not really dry hard or solid like varnish. I would also suggest that much of the concern here is only in semantics, than in chemistry.
  2. Linseed oil has been brought up in this column from time to time. Ages ago when I was refinishing some furniture and other wood I read up a lot on it and it's comparison to Tung oil, which was far superior. The linseed never completely dries and is flexible.. Tung oil drys harder, is flexible, adheres very well, resists dents and takes polish and a waxes and give a finer grain appearance. It can be applied to soak deeply into the wood and/or to just cover in a thin coat, and if dried properly, take many coats. It is used supposedly used on finer hand made furniture, as it can be fussier. Seeing that a violin is a fine piece of wood, would it not possibly be a better finish? I am totally a novice with violins and will never be any more, I just take catastrophes and make them look nicer, for all I know they may sound like a cat fight as I have no sense of key or musical talent. Oh yes! If your worried about weight, don't eat too much baklava..
  3. Hmmm?? Changing the subject a bit but since I used it on one violin, I thought I'd mention; I see "oil" and "linseed oil" mentioned here and other places in violin finishing. Way back in my memory when I did some other wood working and was looking for a good finish I did much research that is a bit hazy now. But in comparison to any oil or linseed oil, Tung nut oil (pure, unadulterated) was far superior to any other and used by fine furniture makers and re-finishers. It gave a far clearer (but slightly colored) finish that was far more hard & durable but less likely to chip or spot from any liquid? If properly applied it can by a very adhesive surface finish, or soak deeply in. ???
  4. fiddlecollector That is what we in the U.S. call duct (Duck) tape. Depending on the quality, I would suspect, unless used carefully, it could stick too much. Guerrilla tape is similar but would more likely stick too much. But then I haven't tried such a thing. Highball
  5. This is an very old old topic I know, but I was repairing and finishing a old very beat up violin and wondered about using Tung Oil. Thanks for the comments. Years ago I refinished a number of things in Tung oil and remembered a few things. One is, that linseed oil or boiled linseed are not like Tung oil at all. Tung oil completely dries and hardens to a fine and durable finish, linseed does not, but is better to use outdoors as it flexes in the cold, humid, or rainy weather. Tung is beautiful on tables and furniture and doesn't produce water spots. This is true, I know. I might also note that that "pure tung oil" is not always pure tung oil, some people who sell it don't even know, I did quite a bit of searching to be sure I got the real thing.
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