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Only 3 years in to piano and recently acquired a beautiful 88 Yamaha U 1 E. Pristine but the Yamaha Logo letters definitely look faded and dull.
Whole piano beautiful. Can those letters be replaced ? Tried light buffing ..
I can’t even find replacement letters yet.. thanks

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The lettering is brass inlaid into the fallboard, and then the fallboard is finished over the lettering. There really is no good way to polish those letters again, since they are covered with finish, and removing the finish from them would damage the finish on the wood around them.


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I had a similar situation and used metal polish, but, as BDB noted, you have to be careful to only polish the letters. With a little time and effort, the results are quite good.


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Thank you very much . I won’t touch it...

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The letters are polished brass and can be polished again to bring back the shine/color. Originally the letters and the finish were polished at the same time. The main concern is using a polish/compound that is fine enough that won't leave a haze on the finish.

P.S. You don't want to try and replace the letters.


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I use metal polish on my letters and they shine right up. What you're seeing is probably just tarnish on the brass. Some sort of metal polish or Brasso would work, and it does a nice job buffing the polyester finish as well. I've done this many times with no ill effects to the surrounding polyester finish, so trying it at least once on your letters should not adversely affect anything.


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I believe these letters are exposed brass - if they were coated with clear they wouldn't be tarnished like this!

I have used Brasso and Flitz polish, but if you are too agressive the polyester can be affected, so I don't recommend these.

However, finest automotive polishing compound works excellent, and is very safe! McQuires #10 polish, or most any polish intended for "clearcoat fine scratch removing" or similar works very well.

Use a soft cloth and rub vigorously until the brass is nicely shined. If you then wipe it clean and coat it with automotive wax it will slow down the discoloration quite a bit.


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I know the Yamaha grands of that era were using inlaid brass, but I’m not so sure about the uprights.


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Incredible. It worked. Thanks EmeryWang . I used a few Q sticks with a dot of brasso on end and rubbed the daylights out of each letter. Let it dry buffed them, and then polished the wood around letters ..
looks beautiful... appreciate it..


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