How to give that shiny look to my piano

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How to give that shiny look to my piano

Post by eddsan » 15 Aug 2013, 11:18

Hi

I am new user of this forum,

I am from Malta and I just bought a Knight Upright Piano bearing S/N 30615, it is in a very good condition. The finish is not that bad either but I need to know how can I give the piano that shiny look again.

Many thanks for your kind assistance

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Re: How to give that shiny look to my piano

Post by Colin Nicholson » 15 Aug 2013, 21:33

It all depends on the kind of top coat/ polish used previously.
Is it French polished? or natural wood finish?

Open the top lid right back - usually the inside of the lid is preserved with its original finish & colour.

If its French polish, and very 'flat' looking - it may need to be stripped down first, then apply fresh polish - but recommended to use a french polisher....

or try some beeswax - available in tins.
If all fails - try Autoglym car polish.

Without seeing your piano - the above is just estimated and general advice only.

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Re: How to give that shiny look to my piano

Post by Withindale » 16 Aug 2013, 00:46

If it's not black, I found that a little furniture reviver, some beeswax, and a lot of elbow grease can work wonders. Alternatively, all you need for a deep professional mirror finish is a wad of money.

Also see: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthre ... cs/2132154

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Re: How to give that shiny look to my piano

Post by eddsan » 16 Aug 2013, 08:21

Thank you for you replies,

I have another question,

Lately I met another Upright Piano Hyundai around ten years old. The one I chose to buy is Knight around 50 years old both of them are in excellent condition with regards to touch and sound.

I am in a very confused situation which one to choose, I know that the Knight is English made and the Hyundai is Korean made. So I need some advice on which one to choose.

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Re: How to give that shiny look to my piano

Post by eddsan » 16 Aug 2013, 10:58

Hi ta all,

Thank you for your replies, I think some beewax will do the job as the surface is dull and needs only polish.

Thank you again
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Re: How to give that shiny look to my piano

Post by Colin Nicholson » 16 Aug 2013, 18:35

eddsan wrote:I just bought a Knight Upright Piano bearing S/N 30615, it is in a very good condition.
Very confusing here! One minute you say you have just bought a Knight.... then you are not sure what to choose? .... why choose if you have already bought the Knight?

Best to get a piano tuner out to check them both over - need to be partly tuned and tested - and mechanisms need to be checked over. The price and images are irrelevant when it comes to choosing between 2 pianos.... the Hyundai looks nicer & more modern.... but may have tuning issues - similar to new Samick pianos.

Peace of mind to pay a professional to check them over.... £640 is not alot for a piano.
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Re: How to give that shiny look to my piano

Post by eddsan » 17 Aug 2013, 09:24

Dear AA UK Tuners

Thank you for your reply,

In fact I just committed my self to buy a Knight piano, but it is by word of mouth no deposit had been paid yet.

I took a professional to check them out, he said both of them are good. The tuning issue may be a problem over here in Malta considering our climate from the very hot days in summer to high humidity in winter, I think that such Pianos suffer more than other pianos.

I go for the Knight, it is British made and I fully rely on things made in England.

Many thanks again

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Re: How to give that shiny look to my piano

Post by vernon » 17 Aug 2013, 21:38

Knights of that age are very resilient and at that time ,soon after the war were almost exclusively made for export to earn hard cash.
In Britain they attracted 100% purchase tax to encourage exports.
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