Your rebuilt piano is an object of beauty. Although there are many aspects to this beauty, the centrepiece that can take someone’s breath away is the exquisitely refinished cabinet.
I receive many calls for refinishing a piano. My obligation and promise is to analyze the overall condition and value of the piano before embarking on any piano refinishing project. Refinishing is the most visible step in the rebuilding process. The object, as in rebuilding itself, is to restore the original look of the instrument.
Many types of lacquers and finishes are available on the market. Chemical-resistant polyester lacquer is available on most newer pianos. Regular lacquer, polyurethane, and water-based finishes are preferred materials for the refinisher. Ornamental or antique pianos with high detail or carvings may be French polished. This is a hand-refinishing technique. The refinisher applies and buffs out multiple coats of alcohol-based lacquers or shellacs. This is the way pianos were finished many years ago.
Since piano finishes are known to be the highest-quality type of refinishing available, the amount of preparation work and the standards for the application of each coat are much greater than in the home, aviation or automotive industries.
Your rebuilt piano is likely to be a stunning addition to your home decor, inviting all who see it to listen to its equally rich tone.