Preparing Your Piano
Even though giving your piano a makeover is excited; you cannot start sanding or painting it without cleaning it properly before. If you want to restore your piano, the first step is to prepare it. This way, you can ensure that you will be happy with the end product. All you need to do is to take out a little bit of time to prepare, brainstorm, and execute.
1. Disassemble the Piano
First, you need to carefully get rid of the panels of the piano with a screwdriver or power drill. In most pianos, you will have to begin with the top panel.
While working on disassembling the piano, make sure to keep the screws, hinges, latches, and resulting hardware in a safe place- you will need it later. You can also get zip lock bags with clear labels to keep track of which screw fits where.
2. Clean the Piano
Remember how we said cleaning the piano before you do anything else is a must? Even if you have been regular with its cleanliness, we would advise you to use some soapy water and a gentle sponge to clean it again. Don’t let any dirt remain, and don’t forget to wipe the panels!
3. Cover the Keys
Before you start changing up your piano, it is essential that the piano’s keys and soundboard are covered before you renovate it. You can use masking tape, drop cloth, or even sturdy paper to cover up the keys and soundboard.
4. Sand/ Strip the Surfaces
Do you want to strain the piano? If yes, you will want to sand the surfaces as well as possible. This will help get rid of the existing finish, giving you a clear, blank slate to start over with.
Depending on the type of piano you have, you will need to utilize stripper on ornate or places that are tough to get a hold of. Even though you might not be able to be thorough, make sure that you use sandpaper on your piano if you want to paint it a fresh color.
5. Add Paint
After you have prepared the piano and chosen a finish, it is time to paint! The simplest way to update your old, chipped piano is to paint it. Even if your piano is not outdated, but you need a drastic change, a fresh coat of paint is the way to go.
You can paint your piano any color your heart desires- from plain white or gray to bold red or striking yellow- the sky is the limit.
6. Black Lacquer
Are you a fan of the classy, polished look of a black piano? Not only does it look rich, but it also makes your piano look ultra-glossy, almost like out of a movie!
The conventional way to refinish your piano is to spray or hand-rub the lacquer. However, you can also use a brush to paint it. Whichever way you choose to slap on the black lacquer, remember to start from a thin layer to thick.
Looking for more ways to care for your piano? Click here!