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Re: How Can I Keep My Satin Ebony Finish Like New?
NFexec #1768848 10/11/11 06:10 PM
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If it is a Steinway with the standard lacquer (ebonized) finish, use a piece of clean cheesecloth, lightly dampened with water, to clean dust and fingerprints and the like. Then use a soft dry cloth to remove excess moisture from the finish, and ALWAYS wipe in the direction of the grain. We advise against the use of any polishes or waxes.

If it's a poly satin finish, then it's a different story.


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Re: How Can I Keep My Satin Ebony Finish Like New?
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Nfexec,

The advice you see above, you should also see with a booklet that will accompany the delivery of your piano. I do this with my Steinway at work, and it works pretty well, although I still get a stubborn fingerprint or handprint remaining from time to time.

I use the Cory products on the keys (both plastic and ivory) at work and high-polish finish of my piano at home. They work great, but I have no experience with their products for satin finishes like yours.


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Re: How Can I Keep My Satin Ebony Finish Like New?
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Re: How Can I Keep My Satin Ebony Finish Like New?
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Actually, I found the Steinway promise rather worthless. You have to trade within a certain time frame, and you only get what you originally paid for it as a trade in. Mine has increased in value and it's worth more than I paid. Also, it sounded like the original purchase had to be either a Boston or an essex.

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It's a good idea when you dust off the piano, or do any other cleaning of it, that you go with the grain of the satin finish, not at an angle so in the event of any impurities, etc, as it helps to minimize causing obvious scratches that might arise from going cross grain.

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Re: How Can I Keep My Satin Ebony Finish Like New?
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From a highly respected pro piano polisher with decades of experience:
A slightly damp cheese cloth used in the direction of the grain. No products. None. Aibophobia detailed it best in a prior post.

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Re: How Can I Keep My Satin Ebony Finish Like New?
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Originally Posted by johannes1
Actually, I found the Steinway promise rather worthless. You have to trade within a certain time frame...


I purchased an Essex from a Steinway company store, and they said there was no time limit on the trade-in. Not that that was a key factor in the purchase.


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Re: How Can I Keep My Satin Ebony Finish Like New?
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Trade in offers are usually good for ten years. Which makes sense because its close to the time that the piano value will start to catch up to the original purchase amount. 'Trade in offers' guarantee the value of the piano for the first few years. A very considerate offer by the dealer when otherwise a loss of ~ 50% of the purchase amount could easily happen to the trade-in value or in open market sale.


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For normal dust, I use a plume duster, the thing that looks like a fluffy racoon tail on a stick. For actual cleaning off of finterpirnts, etc, I second (or third) the cheese cloth.


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