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How to remove light scratches? #70010
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My teacher asked me to drape a blanket over her piano while she was away for a month, to protect it from sunlight coming in through a skylight. Unbeknownst to me, the blanket had safety pins in it, which lightly scratched the finish. They are not deep, but they are prominent. Any suggestions as to how they might be removed, or at least minimized? The finish is not great, and she'll eventually get it redone, but it's a nice M&H. Anyone have any suggestions? And no, I'm not trying to do this without her knowledge :-) - she actually pointed it out after she got back, and accepted responsibility for not telling me about the pins.

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Re: How to remove light scratches? #70011
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i'd call a piano technician or rebuilder. It seems it could be easily taken care of.. buffed or polished out hopefully with ease. There seems to have been many discussions here about removing scratches.. The search mechanism works well at this site.


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Re: How to remove light scratches? #70012
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Is it a hand rubbed lacquer finish or high gloss?


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There's a product called "Tibet Almond Stick" that doesn't remove small scratches but makes them disappear from view. I think it has to be reapplied periodically, especially if you have something covering the wood like a cloth. You can get it on the web, I know one place is The Vermont Country Store.

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I had piano delivered which had a friction mark on the polyester ebony gloss finish. The technician was able to remove the mark by applying a special product on a cloth and rubbing firmly on mark. It disappeared like magic!
Of course, it depends on the finish of your teacher's piano and it is wise to get someone who is experienced in this kind of repair.

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Thanks folks.

Broker, it's a high gloss finish.

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In that it is high gloss,the next question would probably be whether it is polyester or not. Newer M&H are polyester but the older ones up to the 60's-70's were I believe high gloss lacquer. You need a much more abrasive rubbing compound or Mezerna or ? to "cut" polyester for deeper scratches. If it is high gloss lacquer it is not as hard or forgiving as polyester so therefore a much less abrasive compound is possible. If they are just finish scratches(scratches one cannot feel with your fingernail),one could possibly hand buff these scratches out.If they are deep,you will need to wetsand them out up to maybe 2000 grit and than buff the area. Gets complicated!.If you just polish the piano with ? it won't eliminate the scratches but will fill them. Try hand buffing or even polishing first.If they are still there you should maybe hire a pro with a buffer. It's not a rocket science if you have the right materials and a little knowledge. Need a bit more info on the finish. How old is the piano? Polyester?.


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As for her redoing the finish if it is polyester,it is near impossible or not necessary unless cracking for some reason. If it is high gloss lacquer than it will "break down" being no different than a satin hand rubbed lacquer finish.


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The piano itself is early 20th c., but was refinished within the last five years, apparently with high gloss lacquer.

They are just finish scratches; but what kind of compound are you referring to?

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Try Phinese-It or Perfect-It II.They are 3M products which can be purchased at auto paint stores that carry 3M products. A lesser abrasive product,Imperial Hand Glaze or Machine Glaze may do the job.One has to be careful machine buffing lacquer in that it is very easy to burn through when it heats up. Try the hand buff route first.If not sucessful hire a pro.


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Thanks, Broker. Much appreciated...

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Can anyone recommend a good product for amateur use for removing/covering up fine scratches on a satin ebony finish(a new Mason BB)? I'm looking for a good method other than using very fine steel wool(rubbing out).

I don't want to hire a professional touch up person every time I get a litle scratch, but I don't want to use the usual rubbing out approach.

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If the scratch is againest the direction of the hand rub stridations there is no remedy other than "cutting" the lacquer with super fine 0000 steel wool with the stridations. One must use a lubricant ex. soap and water or maybe Macguires Quick detail,paint thinner or ?


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