Over the past few years we’ve been perfecting the Waterlox finishing process we recommend for our student’s instruments. Waterlox is a wiping varnish made from natural oils found in the nut of the tung tree. It’s easy to apply, relatively safe to use, and quite environmentally friendly.
We think this finish is a great alternative to the thick petroleum based chemical coatings used on most musical instruments these days. In contrast to these thick film finishes, Waterlox penetrates deep into the pores of the wood producing a rich hand rubbed patina that enhances the grain and the natural beauty of the wood.
Penetrating finishes like Waterlox also offer a number of unique benefits that really make sense for musical instruments. The finish is inherently flexible and moves with the instrument, not against it. That means it won’t chip, crack, or cold check. The finish also provides excellent protection against atmospheric moisture absorption, and it’s really easy to maintain.
Waterlox is good for the planet and good for you. The completed finish is virtually solvent free, and is comprised of 98 percent natural compounds. It feels good, looks beautiful, and doesn’t inhibit the acoustical properties of your instrument.
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