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Hi all, I would like to share some findings about a chemical compound, that is, ethyl lactate, (C5H10O3). It is sold as a solvent for both natural and synthetic resins, and as a replacement for xylene, because it is less toxic and it's also "environmentally friendly". I don't know anyone who uses it in violin restoration, it probably has more application in restoration of paintings. I decided to try it as a thinner for my (spirit) retouching varnish, that's what I found: brushability is improved it seems to help when mixing some dry pigment in (Orasol); when colored varnish dries in the palette, I can redissolve it with the ethyl lactate more easily works with Deft too! Using ehtyl lactate like it is usually done with xylene is not possible but, it would be ok for stripping varnish of course. Looking forward to reading your comments, there's always a lot to learn here on Maestronet. Giovanni
I’m currently traveling in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Combodia. I love mission oriented travel and I’m wondering if there are any things I should keep an eye out for that can be used in Violin making, bow making, varnish making? I’m thinking along the lines of gums, resins, wood. Items which can be legally and ethically exported. Thanks.