Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
GUEST,Phillip Luthiary Question (20) RE: Luthiary Question 29 May 01

It is JUST FINE to put a reasonable amount of wax on a lacquer finished instrument. (or varnished for that matter) Old editions of The Strad magazine reccommended good old Johnson's paste wax for this precise purpose, but there are several commercial concoctions on the market these days. Bruce Petros at makes an excellent proprietary polish that contains carnauba wax, a hard vegetable based wax that can be buffed to an incredibly thin coat. If it's good enough for a Stradivarius, it's good enough for a Martin. Make sure to use sparingly and to buff well. And if you do get a buildup, naphtha will remove it nicely without hurting the finish. I have sprayed acres of lacquer (literally) on instruments and furniture and to hear the opinion that wax will hurt a lacquered finish or affect the tone is just a bit precious! It will not appreciably affect the gloss sheen of the finish. 'spaw has it right in the post above, gloss needs to be addressed at the time of spraying.

Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.