Hi! Recently, I finally took the tapes off the fingerboard of my violin, due to them starting to come off anyways and me not wanting to always depend on the tapes to know where my notes are. Since those tapes were on my violin for about five years, there are now obvious marks on the fingerboard of where they were. How do I clean the marks off without damaging the wood and fingerboard?
I think using a rough rag would clean it in most circumstances. If that doesn’t work, then I suggest using rubbing alcohol along with that rag. If that doesn’t work, then I suggest lightly using sandpaper on the fingerboard. I don’t think you will need that though.
If you use rubbing alcohol, just be very careful not to get it on the varnish. Rubbing alcohol won’t hurt the fingerboard, but it could ruin just about everything else. Try holding your violin by the back with the top facing the floor if you clean the fingerboard with rubbing alcohol, so it doesn’t drip on the body.