Repair of a balalaika
Not in a bad condition, this balalaika nedded some smaller repairs. Let us have a look.
For a start, old dirt is removed using ammonium hydroxide, max 8%. After this cleaning, many scratches
get visible, they are polished with fine sandpaper. Thinned laq is applied, and also polished
with very fine sandpaper when it is dry. Also some parts need new glue.
|Cleaning of the fingerboard.
||Polishing around a scratch.
||Oops, it was loose too.
|A scratch covered with new laq, before polishing.
||Polishing of fingerboard
The scratches were polisched again after applying new laq, in order to have the new laq down to the level
of the old laq, thus leaving the repair invisible. The rails of the fingerboard are polished in order to
look better, and awoid scratching of the strings. Finally, the fingerboard is
treated with wood oil, and the laq'ed parts are polished with a fine wood polish
And here we are.