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Antique Steinway

Posted By: Tom Clapp <tclapp@houston.rr.com> (cs671058-202.houston.rr.com)
Date: 12/10/2 22:24

I am about to restore the finish on an antique Steinway piano. The case is rosewood with shellac finish. Inside is dark brown, but outside has dried and deteriorated to a thin finish of faded light color. I have received conflicting advice: one saying to isolate the remaining original finish with B67, or equal, and then replace the color by new build coats of tinted shellac. Others say get color closer into the wood by amalgamating the existing shellac with colored amalgum. , and then add new coats of shellac to adjust tone. I'm not exactly what approach is being suggested here. None have suggested totally stripping, which in my opinion, is prohibited.

Any advice on the sequence of steps I should take?

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