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Is it possible to change the color of a grand piano? (Read 3315 times)

Offline ferron123

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Is it possible to change the color of a grand piano?
« on: September 15, 2015, 09:08:28 PM »
I could buy a used yamaha grand. However, its shiny white.
Is there a way to paint it black? :)

Thank you !

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Re: Is it possible to change the color of a grand piano?
«Reply #1 on: September 15, 2015, 09:40:59 PM »
Of course there is a way. From el-cheepo to a total refinish job in high gloss polyester and everything in between. Just depends how much you want to spend and the result you are looking for. And or, how much labor you want to put in to it yourself. Etc. Satin black would be the easiest to do yourself.

Yamaha's are plentiful though, it would be easiest of all to find a black one or just leave this one white..
Depressing the pedal on an out of tune acoustic piano and playing does not result in tonal color control or add interest, it's called obnoxious.

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Re: Is it possible to change the color of a grand piano?
«Reply #2 on: September 16, 2015, 01:28:24 AM »
Thank you. How much do you think it'd cost? If you don't know its alright !

I could have this one for cheap so I was asking :)
I don't mind the color myself, by the way !

Thank you for your fast answer

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Re: Is it possible to change the color of a grand piano?
«Reply #3 on: September 16, 2015, 09:02:04 AM »
Some years ago at a Local cinema, I accompanied a classic silent film using the theatres piano.  The film was 35mm so I went along with the projectionist to reherse.  On entering the auditorium the piano was nicely positioned to the side of the screen, correctly set to the academy ratio.  The print was in great condition, supplied by the BFI.  The piano was in fact a very nice 7 ft Bechstein.  The piano was well regulated and tuned.  There was one issue however.  The piano was painted all over bright PINK!

Apparently the piano was obtained almost for free from an old Odeon, the manager of which had a decided on doing this for reasons unknown.  Fortunately the soundboard and everything under the lid was left alone.  As this was a very nice instrument the theatre did then have the paint removed exposing a beautiful veneer, though not of course in time for my performance.  I have returned to do this, though perhaps my playing is now a little less flamboyant.

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Re: Is it possible to change the color of a grand piano?
«Reply #4 on: September 16, 2015, 10:07:35 AM »
Thank you. How much do you think it'd cost? If you don't know its alright !

I could have this one for cheap so I was asking :)
I don't mind the color myself, by the way !

Thank you for your fast answer

Actually I don't know, I do my own furniture finishing so for me it's the cost of materials and my own time.
Depressing the pedal on an out of tune acoustic piano and playing does not result in tonal color control or add interest, it's called obnoxious.

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Re: Is it possible to change the color of a grand piano?
«Reply #5 on: September 16, 2015, 01:25:18 PM »
Solid colours are the most expensive to apply.

The first thing would be to determine what the finish is now and with high gloss finish it is most likely poly.

Poly can be used as a base for other top coats as long as it is cleaned and prepped properly.

Price depends upon where you are located and who does the work.

For my location black in lacquer you would be looking at 1100.00 per sq. ft.

For poly you would be looking at 1500.00 per sq. foot.
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