Refinishing a piano means the re-coating of the external case of the piano. This process can take the exterior of a dingy looking piano and turn it into a glossy and brand-new looking instrument.
In today's disposable consumer world, it's gratifying to know that a piano that was built fifty to one hundred years ago can be brought back to its original magnificent state. At Beethoven Pianos, we have worked hard to develop the team and gain the skill to able to complete such a task. Whether your piano needs a touch-up performed in your home, or if it requires a complete refinishing, our full service refinishing department has the equipment and expertise to revitalize your instrument. Please call us at 212-765-7300 for an in-home consultation or Contact Us online.
What We Offer
We offer many methods to give a piano case a high-gloss, satin, lacquered, or other type of finish. For a smooth and shiny surface that looks like glass, or to give a piano case a hand-polished satin luster, we use a shellac glaze or protective natural beeswax over stained wood. These are just two of the many fine finishes utilized by our world-class artisans in the rebuilding process. We also specialize in period color matching and faux graining as our wood- working department can replicate any missing or damaged parts.
Typically, it takes about 12 to 14 weeks to fully refinish a grand piano. For a lacquer finish, an additional 2 to 3 weeks of drying time is required. The actual process of a refinishing begins by first removing the old finish and washing the case to get rid of any chemical residue. Second the piano is evaluated for any damages to the case and veneer, and, if necessary, repairs are made by our master woodworkers. Third, the case and parts are sanding down and prepared for staining and priming. Finally, the piano is sent to our refinishing department, which begins the painstaking process of spraying and sanding in between coats. The wood finishes receive a second stain (the toner) to even out the color and are then sealed again. If necessary, a third and final stain is applied. The final finish requires multiple coats to finish followed by machine polish and hand rubbing. All the metal parts installed in the piano are either nickel or re-polished brass.