How do you get a "piano finish" on wood? Can a wrecker do this or is
it an industrial process requiring complicated technology.
(In case I'm using the wrong term, what I have seen referred to as
piano finish is wood that looks like it has been covered with a thin
layer of lucite - very shiny and "deep".
Thanks for the link, Nova. I allways wondered how they did it. Now, can
anyone describe how Steinway got that same black, deep finish that
seemed to have hidden orange or golden oak sort of highlights deep in
the finish? You couldn't see the streaks until you got right on top of
the finish, then they showed up. Slight bit of wood grain showed thru
the streaks only, as well. Most beautiful finish I've ever seen, IMHO.
The finish on the outside of the piano has nothing to do with the
sound, only that on the soundboard, so IMO you might as well take
advantage of the automotive basecoat-clearcoat systems. This is largely
true of stereo speakers as well.
It's kind of involved. First you take a piano, then you grind it into a
fine powder. Mix it with lacquer thinner or denatured alcohol, then load
into your HVLP sprayer. Watch out that you don't get it clogged up with
bits of wire.
Something like that. Or you could cheat, and just use lacquer.
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They're _starting_ with a pre-finished piano,
The object of the exercise is to get the 'piano finish' onto a *different**item*.
_This_ discussion concerns technique for removing it from the piano, in
powdered from, suitable for applying to the other item.
Just in case no one else has said this . . .
Pianos are nearly all lacquer finish of varying quality, give or take
the odd church basement paint job.
It's a two step process:
1. Find a veneer that matches your piano case veneer.
2. Apply lacquer to it.
The very shiny, deep finish on is not lacquer, it is polyester.
Acrylic urethanes will come close, particularly in non-black. See ICA,
or other Italian manufacturers. These arde the same finishes one sees
on high-end European kitchens, like Snaidero.
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