Piano Refinishing

Refinishing a piano brings new life to a dull, old instrument.  The  piano is completely disassembled, including all cabinet parts, the keys,  the internal action parts, along with the legs and bottom. If the piano  is to also be restrung at this time, the tuning pins, strings and metal  piano plate are also removed (see restringing process). The piano case  is now just a shell.

All individual parts are now disassembled from their hinges,  leather and felt cushions and all other obstructions to refinishing.  Each piece is then hand stripped and sanded to bare wood. All nicks are  then filled and missing veneer is replaced with veneer of the same time  period. The parts are then hand sanded one final time to check for any  imperfections previously missed. * After passing inspection, the parts  are then stained to the original color and air dried for 24 hours.

The piano and parts are then sprayed with sanding sealer and hand  sanded with very fine sand paper and another coat of stain is applied  to give the wood a deep, rich look. Finally multiple coats of lacquer  are then applied , sanding between each coat.


All brass cabinet parts such as hinges, screws, pedals, locks,  etc. are hand shined and sprayed with lacquer to keep them shining for  many years. The original decal is replaced on the fallboard above the  keys . All cabinet felt, rubber buttons, and cabinet leathers are  replaced before final installation.

    * If the piano is to be finished in a color coat such as ebony  the process changes at this step. Multiple coats of primer are applied  and sanded to fill the grain in the wood. Several coats of color are  then applied. After the color coats are cured, several coats of clear  finish are applied and then buffed to the final finish.