At Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments we take great pride in the quality of our finishes, and our varnish finish is no exception. After countless hours of experimenting with various recipes, we are happy to offer the very best spirit varnish possible.
Weber's spirit varnish is not simply a product, it's a process. Many hours are spent applying, sanding, and buffing your instrument. Over time the varnish will continue to cure and harden. Care must be taken in order to protect your new varnish finish. Dings, scratches, and imprints are of real concern with a new varnish finish. We certainly don't expect you to treat your new instrument like a delicate flower, but we do hope you understand that varnish is a different beast from lacquer.
We take great pride in the quality and appearance of our varnish. We go to great lengths to ensure that the varnish is kept as thin as possible. This allows the wood to flex and vibrate freely, with no hindrance to the acoustic properties of your Weber. Over time the varnish finish will lose a bit of that high-gloss shine that Weber is famous for. This is a natural occurrence with varnish, and one that should be celebrated. As your finish ages, it will begin to take on an old-world luster and patina that are as unique as the music you make with your Weber instrument.
We understand that a varnish upgrade is a significant investment, and we do not take that investment lightly. Please rest assured that when you order a Weber mandolin or guitar with a spirit-varnish finish that we are giving it the attention it deserves. A quality spirit-varnish finish takes time, and we dedicate even more time, in an effort to make it as close to perfect as is humanly possible. We share your frustrations when you have to wait for your new Weber while the finish cures. We want you to have that instrument, but we also know that shipping an instrument before the finish is cured can lead to disappointment. Please be patient as we dedicate the necessary time to building you the Weber of your dreams. It will be worth the wait.
For the Weber gloss finish, approximately eight coats are sprayed on over a three day period. The finish is ultimately wet sanded to 1500 grit until the lacquer thickness is only .005, or five thousandths of one inch. It air cures for at least two weeks before being buffed to that high, perfect sheen for which our instruments are known.
Weber uses the same nitrocellulose lacquer for all of our satin instruments. Over time this finish rubs to a semi-gloss on the neck, where the players arm rests, on the back, and anywhere friction occurs, according to how the instrument is held by its player.