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Blue Food Coloring?????

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Steve Killingsworth, May 3, 2003.

  1. Not exactly a bass question but close enough. My brother has acquired a fiddle that someone decided to color with blue food coloring--we're talking a lovely shade of robin's egg blue. It may have penetrated pretty deeply into the wood itself. The thing sounds pretty good but looks hideous. Since I am sort of a journeyman woodworker, he has talked to me about returning it to its natural state. Unfortunately I have absolutely no idea about this. Anybody ever removed food coloring from an instrument? If so, how? If not, what do you think?
  2. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    did they sand it down past the sealer? If yes then you may end up with a fiddle that has blue in the bottom of the grain and what color you stain the top.
  3. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    If the color's in the wood, an orange stain should kill the blue and turn the thing brown.
  4. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    ...should turn the thing a lovely shade of brown, I'm thinking...
  5. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    In the toilet?
  6. Isn't that the point? What's the complaint? (Speaking as the proud owner of Old 87 - www.lordonly.net/Images/John/talkbassass/don4131/ )
  7. Joe Taylor

    Joe Taylor

    Dec 20, 2001
    Tracy CA
    Kind of depends on how much work you want to do to it and how much risk you want to take.

    you could use wood bleach and make it white then refinish it to want ever color you wanted.

    I got bad stains off some wood with clorox but I would have to real pressed to use it on a instrument at all.

    If you start using chemicals you could end up having the thing come unglued then you would have a real project.


  8. That bass has Character--sort of reminds me of Ernest Borgine's face. The blue fiddle is more like Tammy Faye Bakker's face--all painted up and streaky.