Callier-Scollard Violins
Craig Scollard

50 E. Green St. Suite 142
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Varnish Touchup

Instruments sometimes get nicks or scratches that can be touched up. The upper right rib is also prone to varnish wear. Generally, the larger the area the more time it takes to match and touch-up the varnish.


Violin Repair: It is somewhat difficult to give price estimates for varnish touch up without seeing the instrument.

Comments (2)
violin touch up
# -18
Sunday, 11/06/2016
Zac yu

the bow hits the corner of my violin while playing and I got some dents and wood can seen. I'm asking if varnish touch up can be applied to these regions.
Nicked Corners
Monday, 02/13/2017
Craig Scollard
It depends on the extent of the damage. If it's just a little nick in the wood, it could be steamed or possibly a very small amount of clear could be used to fill the ding before the varnish is applied. If there is a little more damage, it could be filled, or if it's severe damage, a little piece of wood needs to be fitted before the touch up varnish work is done.

If it's just the varnish that's missing then it can be matched fairly easily.
denatured alcohol mishap
# -19
Wednesday, 11/26/2014
Jennifer Vender
I accidentally set my new violin on top of a rag with denatured alcohol which stripped away some of the varnish on the back i have pics i can send to you
Fixing alcohol accidents
Wednesday, 02/14/2018
Thats an easy fix, what you can do is put some denatured alcohol on a rag, not too, much but enough to dampen an area of the rag, then on that same area put a bit of mineral oil and rub it into the rag. Then with the wet part of the rag rub it around in circles quickly on the area and it should slowly mend. Hang up untill its totally dry.
Alcohol Accident
Wednesday, 04/11/2018
Craig Scollard
Thanks for the suggestion, but it's difficult to determine what the best remedy would be without seeing the extent of the damage. The technique you are suggesting is somewhat similar to french polishing out the spot. That's a skill that takes a little bit of practice before doing it on a nice instrument.
Alcohol Accident
Wednesday, 04/11/2018
Craig Scollard
When a mishap with alcohol like that happens, your first instinct might be to try to rub off the alcohol. It's better to just let it dry naturally and then later add in some matching varnish and then French Polish the area so that it blends in with the original varnish.

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