Piano refinishing

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Old 11-03-19, 10:49 AM
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Piano refinishing

I have a old baby grand piano. The finish is black. It looks like it has alligator skin instead of smoth and shiny. Is something like French polishing an option. To bring it back or am I looking at a refinish.
 
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Old 11-04-19, 02:21 AM
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Welcome to the forums David!

I've never refinished a piano but when old paint alligators the only real fix is to sand it down [or chemically strip it] and refinish.
 
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Old 11-04-19, 02:41 AM
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A baby grand ain't so much of a baby in my books so this is going to be a big job no matter what you do.
If it is lacquer then perhaps the following would do the job though I have never done this but I have heard of it being done with success.
Try it on small inconspicuous place first.
https://homeguides.sfgate.com/repair...ors-33531.html
 
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Old 11-04-19, 03:06 AM
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I hadn't thought about it probably being a lacquer finish Lacquer thinner can be used to dissolve and move dried lacquer around and might be an option. As mentioned above - try it on a small inconspicuous area first. You will want some fresh air ventilation!
 
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