Thanks for the kind words! We glad you all are enjoying the progress! Rebuilding a piano might look easy, but there is a gazillion amount of tedious details we have to work on that are not posted. Of course, if we can do it, so can you! Probably a million times better too! That's why an old Estonia is always worth ANY rebuilding attempt!
I just cannot wait to hear the final result.
+1. Waiting for the final results.
Us too! Lol
Fortunately, we are almost there!!
Let's continue with some more progress.... Now that we WERE done with the plate..........let's try hammering the first wooden bushing into the tuning pin holes in the plate.....
Okay...that was a little too dramatic and scary, but...THE PAINT CRACKED!!
We realized right away that, firstly....well....that it was a DISASTER! Secondly, the wooden bushings are not the right size....they are way too big! And thirdly, the Rustoleum spray paints weren't durable enough. The damage was not from direct hammer impact, but rather the side of the bushing pulling down the paint with it. We tested it again by stretching old strings over the hitch pins, and sure enough the paint flaked very easily! Even a slightly careless handling on the plate resulted in deep paint chipping, so we knew this would not survive even the most careful, softpawed restringing technician! It was quite a huge failure, but...the problem didn't just end there....let us explain...
We had a paint technician come in to inspect the damage, and he explained that the paint layer might be too thick, and that initially applying a lighter coat would help prevent such damages. However, he emphasized that ALL paints WILL crack upon severe impact...but more durable paints chip on the spot, and don't flake and peel around like flimsier paints. We checked our Yamaha C5 plate, and sure enough, the few scratches in there don't flake. Nevertheless, we all agreed on taking the plate out for another round of repainting!! Hopefully this will be the last!!
We brought in the same team of house builders to lift the plate off the piano once again, and this time we got help from the paint tech to help with the repainting process. As if we haven't got enough bad luck...the biggest disaster struck when he used a paint remover to strip the entire plate!! As some of you might know, this technique is a total no-go!!! The cast iron plate out of the mould is very rough, and piano factories refinish it with fillers to achieve the very smooth and even surface, before applying the primer and gold paint on top. We knew about this, but we didn't expect him to completely strip the paint AND filler layers! The paint remover nearly stripped everything down to the bare iron, and the whole plate simply looked like a huge piece of shi...uh...trash!
...was taken seconds before....
At that moment, we actually thought of throwing the plate away....but on a second thought, that would take too much effort to get it disposed of!!! It required so much work just to get it back to how it looked originally, but the only thing we could do was to simply get down to our knees and start working!! We think it took well over half a can of red auto filler, and over 10 sheets of wet-sandpaper along with a dozen buckets of water just to get to where we were in the photos below!! We worked on the plate around 10 hours a day for a week.
Photographic proofs coming in the next post!
And meanwhile....enjoy the before and after pics!
What on earth have we done????????????????????????????????????????????????
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