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Re: Antique Piano

Posted By: Jim Cole (64-40-66-144.dialup.mebtel.net)
Date: 4/13/2 08:24

In Response To: Re: Antique Piano (K. Doane)

Applying another coat of minwax for color will not do anything for the closs. You need to clean the existing finish with alcohol or alcohol and lacquer thinner mixed 50/50. These are strong solvents, but probably no stronger than what you have been using. Once the blackened, cracked or flacking finsih has been removed than the piec should be repaired with new veneer where it has come off. Color the new piece to match then put a coat or two of lacquer or shellac over the entire piano to rebuild the finish then polish out the whole thing with 0000 steel wool. Be very careful not to get solvents or finishes in the mechanisim you can ruin it very easily.

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