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Touch-up Steinway 1981 Black Satin #2833742 04/01/19 08:13 AM
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What's the best method - product to use to touch up a few minor nicks and dings in the finish of a 1981 Black Satin finish? They are very minor - nothing too big.

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Re: Touch-up Steinway 1981 Black Satin [Re: GC13] #2833798 04/01/19 09:51 AM
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It depends on what the finish is. Mohawk and possibly others offer classes.


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Re: Touch-up Steinway 1981 Black Satin [Re: GC13] #2833799 04/01/19 09:56 AM
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The art of touch up:
I’m not real gifted with this skill but have had some success.
When perfection is necessary I call a pro.
Touch up can be as simple as using a black sharpie to put some black where the scratch or ding or gouge reveals the lighter stuff under the black.
This works for some situations.
A more pleasing repair is to first fill the damage. I have a gereral rule that if I can feel the damage by running my fingernails over the surface it needs to be filled.
To figure what to fill it with is next. Lacquer is a bit easier than polyester. You got to learn what sort of finish you have.
Sometimes bondo or other fillers work ok on deep gouges.
Other damage may require fitting veneer patches.
Some minor damage can be filled with matching black lacquer, apply in a small amount with toothpic or artist brush, let it dry, build it up with a bit more if necessary then flatten it consistent with the surface and then add the texture lines if that is what creates your satin look, try to match existing texture.
Simple.

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Re: Touch-up Steinway 1981 Black Satin [Re: GC13] #2833819 04/01/19 10:39 AM
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"Simple"...

Gene, I smile because I think you're being facetious, since the art of touch up is actually pretty complicated due to all the variables involved.

The basic idea though is to fool the eye in such a way that you are not attracted to the defect, whatever it is...make it blend.

Satin black: Mohawk makes a truly fantastic touch up marker. It's called Brush Tip Graining Marker. Very fine tip allows you to get the color precisely where you want it and not on the surrounding finish. They have about 2 dozen colors. The black one is number M265-2005. Pros use these. Better than a sharpie IMO...better blend. The satin appearance is produced with 4/0 steel wool. Start lightly...blend.

Filling defects is usually way beyond the capability of the average homeowner. Takes a lot of practice to do well. I can do touch up, but I know when to call my touch up guy and I marvel every time I watch him fix stuff.

I use the Mohawk markers more than anything else in my kit though.

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Re: Touch-up Steinway 1981 Black Satin [Re: P W Grey] #2833894 04/01/19 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by P W Grey
"Simple"...

Gene, I smile because I think you're being facetious, since the art of touch up is actually pretty complicated due to all the variables involved.

The basic idea though is to fool the eye in such a way that you are not attracted to the defect, whatever it is...make it blend.

Satin black: Mohawk makes a truly fantastic touch up marker. It's called Brush Tip Graining Marker. Very fine tip allows you to get the color precisely where you want it and not on the surrounding finish. They have about 2 dozen colors. The black one is number M265-2005. Pros use these. Better than a sharpie IMO...better blend. The satin appearance is produced with 4/0 steel wool. Start lightly...blend.

Filling defects is usually way beyond the capability of the average homeowner. Takes a lot of practice to do well. I can do touch up, but I know when to call my touch up guy and I marvel every time I watch him fix stuff.

I use the Mohawk markers more than anything else in my kit though.

Pwg


Tongue definitely in cheek 😊


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