High quality oil and spirit varnishes by Joseph Hammerl (JOHA)
and Hidersine. Varnish solvents/thinners.
Highly recommended: If using these
varnishes, we recommend purchasing
the book Violin Varnishes by Josef and Reiner Hammerl,
as it outlines the procedure for preparation of wood, proper application
of varnish, handling the brush, number of coats, drying time and
finishing procedure and final polishing of the instrument.
JOHA "1A" quality varnish is a very fine
oil varnish, with Lavender oil and Balsams to improve its quality.
It is recommended to purchase a bottle of oil
varnish thinner for thinning the varnish (if desired), and brush
cleaner or Balsam turpentine for cleaning brushes. Standard pine
turpentine is not compatible with this varnish, and will not clean
This varnish applies very well and virtually anyone can do a good
job when using it. It can be slightly diluted with varnish thinner
(or Balsam turpentine), despite the fact that it then takes a little
longer to dry. (Test this, too, with your thumb to see if it is
dry). In the long run oil varnish becomes somewhat harder than
spirit varnish. You can smooth this varnish, too, with pumice -
stone or rottenstone and work it to a gentle shine with Polish and
gloss oil. 100 ml will varnish approximately 1-2 violins. NOTE THAT
THE JOHA AMBER VARNISH DOES NOT CONTAIN AMBER RESIN (AMBER REFERS
TO THE COLOUR).
1A Clear Oil Primer (Ground)
Item #2-12X $47.00
1A Color Oil Varnish Select Color:
Item #2-12 $47.00
1A Finish Oil Varnish, clear (for final coat)
Item #2-12F $47.00
1A Oil Varnish Thinner (dilution)
Item #2-10D $20.00
JOHA Violin Spirit Varnishes, Made in Germany
JOHA "1A" quality is a very fine quality
spirit varnish made from natural resins.
Spirit varnish has always been the most commonly used for stringed
instruments. It dries quickly, thus allowing a daily coating. The
coating must be applied quickly, however, in order to prevent the
varnish from clouding, especially on colour varnish. Every coat
must be thoroughly dried before the next coat is applied in order
to prevent cracks from materializing later. (Press hard on the
varnish with your thumb for a few seconds. If it fails to make a
print in the varnish then you can apply the next coat ). Spirit
varnish can be smoothed well with pumice-stone or rottenstone and
polished with an appropriate polish. 100 ml will varnish approximately
1-2 violins. NOTE THAT THE JOHA AMBER VARNISH DOES NOT CONTAIN AMBER
RESIN (AMBER REFERS TO THE COLOUR).
1A Clear Spirit Primer (Ground)
Item #2-22X $33.00
1A Color Spirit Varnish Select Color:
Item #2-22 $33.00
1A Finish Spirit Varnish (for final coat)
Item #2-22F $33.00
JOHA Retouching Varnish, Made in Germany NEW
JOHA Retouching varnish is ideal for repairing damaged varnish on musical instruments.
It is made using selected resins and a special solvent, thus providing excellent adhesion to damaged areas. In order to achieve better cover, JOHA Retouching Varnish has a slightly stronger color.
The composition of this special retouching varnish means that it is ideal for repairs to both spirit and oil varnishes.
The appropriate thinner (see below) should be used with JOHA retouching varnish. All colors can be mixed with each other.
The retouching varnish should be thickly dabbed or painted onto the area to be repaired; leave to dry completely and then sand smooth to match the remaining varnish.
Sold in bottles of 100mL.
1704 Spirit Varnish variation. (100 ml bottle)
This is a seedlac spirit varnish based on the old Italian 1704 recipe. A small
amount of Gum Mastic is added to improve adherence between coats
and a small amount of Gum Sandarac is added to add extra gloss.
1704 varnish comes in a natural golden color, and may be colored
with any spirit based color.
Item #2-1704N $55.00
'1704N' Dry Ingredients
For 1704 varnish variation, double
recipe (yields about 500 ml of varnish). Includes: 90g seedlac,
10g gum mastic, 10g gum sandarac, 14 ml. lavender spike oil. Approx.
400 ml of alcohol needed for this double recipe, sold separately.
Instructions included with package.