2005-07-13

Sealing the instrument

Remove all parts from instrument - strings, chinrest, bridge, tailpiece, saddle, nut, fingerboard, etc.

To remove nut & fingerboard, apply a few drops of methyl hydrate and carefully pry off with flat blade.

Lightly scrape both front and back longitudinally.

Check entire instrument for correctable imperfections and do a final cleanup.

Seal entire instrument with sealer except for neck where French Polish will be applied i.e. under fingerboard.

Attach a sacrificial board of about 1 mm thickness in place of fingerboard. Use glue or staples.

Sealer can be egg whites or rosin thinned with methyl alcohol.

Set out to dry.