I probably shouldn't ask as it's not difficult to just try on an old key but I'm interested in your opinions based on experience with players preferences.
I use 600 on ivory and plastic.
Seems to do the job ok.
Thanks! Doesn't leave lines? Would you start more coarse if tops thick enough? I had dropped fish glue after a bushing job on a dozen of keys and have to sand, doesn't go away otherwise.
600 leaves very fine lines and itâ€™s the lines that provides the sensation of fingers being more stable on keys.
Finer grits will start polishing and lose that sensation.
I start with clean. No need for coarse to start imho
Got it, Will try tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!
I always use a good quality paper like 3m free cut gold and a brush to keep any build up nubs from happening. Sand straight in one direction only, no back and forth.
I also do the keys individually, out of the piano and use a sanding block
It helps keep the lines straight and nice looking and avoids the edges.
Try a sample first.
If you think 600 is too coarse, try 800.
You especially donâ€™t want to create unsightly irregularities on a nice ivory set or plastic.
You don't need to sand unless you want them leveled due to age and a lot of wear from playing. I use to make a cleaner that would clean ivory and leave behind a perfect feel on ivory. Another similar idea would be to use rubbing alcohol. It cleans ivory real nice and leaves a nice feel. Spray conservatively on a microfiber cloth first.
Unnfortunately I have to sand to remove some glue stains.
Chris, can you give us a description of the cleaner you used? Is it something the average Joe can put together with household ingredients?
Sorry my proprietary formula is in the vault. I only make small batches when I need it. All those science and chemistry classes i took has returned some dividends over time , but marketing is a whole other story. Making a great product doesn't always translate into sales. Have you tried alcohol as I suggested? It works pretty nicely too.
Well, I just read and responded to this thread today while I am at work, so no, I have not had an opportunity to try your suggestion yet. But thank you for the tip.