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And elbow grease today!!!

It looks amazing!! I think I had posted about this a while back, that my logo was pretty tarnished and what could I do. There were a few ideas suggested, but someone said something that made me hesitate -- that some inlays have a coating over them, so I was worried I would make it worse etc. Well, when my tuner was here I asked him, and he recommended Flitz (see the bottom photo) So I tried it and it looks soooo good!!! I'm so happy! The photos don't do it justice. But I'll share anyway! whome

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Wow, big difference!

Congrats on a nice brass polish job!

That is a beautiful piano, and a beautiful music room! smile

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Yes, I know the feeling. It's like giving that muddy dog a good long bath at last. I use a paste metal polish, does the same thing (duh, I guess that's what Flitz is). I think Rich Galassini suggested applying car wax afterwards to keep the tarnish at bay longer, and it works.

That logo and pedals are looking sharp!

Ps: for some real fun, use a rag and and polish to shine up your tuning pins. Get something to binge watch on Netflix first. Your fingers will hate you but you'll love the result!

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Looks great! I ordered some...

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Wow!!! 😍😍😍 Thanks for the polish info, I’m getting some, as well! Looks spectacular, great job! 😊👍


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Yes, Flitz can and does work wonders.


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Thanks everyone!! I am so pleased!! It looks brand new!!

Emery, the pins?? I don’t think I have that much elbow grease in me!! whome

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Nice! Now you must play some Polish music. Chopin, anyone ... ?

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ShiroKuro,

Very inspiring! Before I go overboard in my enthusiasm, how did you apply the Flitz to your piano logo without affecting the overall polish of your piano in between the letters? My logo and pedals await your response!

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Nice! Now you must play some Polish music. Chopin, anyone ... ?

Cheers!
Now that's funny!

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Elaine, first, the big detail is that my piano is high gloss. My tuner said that with a satin finish, it’s hard to do because you’ll end up making the part around the logo shiny when it’s not supposed to be. So if you also have a high gloss finish then it should work.

What I did was to use q-tips, put only a little bit of polish on the tip. If I got too much polish I would wipe it onto the next q-tip. Then polish with the q-tip until the q-tip turned black, wipe the logo with a clean micro cloth, and polish again with a new q-tip. Repeat until finished. I probably used twenty q-tips!

The other thing I did was to periodically shine a flashlight on the logo to see if there were spots I was missing.

I tried to keep the q-tip in/on the letters only but of course that’s close to impossible. But again, because of the piano’s finish, it worked fine.

With the pedals, I used a microcloth, put the polish onto the cloth, rub like crazy until that spot of the cloth turns black and the start again with more polish and a new section of cloth. I actually dirtied up three cloths!

I used q-tips for the part where the pedal goes into the wooden/felted opening but I didn’t get those spots as perfect as I might have.

Oh and I started with the pedals to test out the polish and just see how it would work. After the pedals turned out so well, I started on the logo. smile

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Originally Posted by ElaineAllegro
ShiroKuro,

Very inspiring! Before I go overboard in my enthusiasm, how did you apply the Flitz to your piano logo without affecting the overall polish of your piano in between the letters? My logo and pedals await your response!EA

ShiroKuro's method works well and is very meticulous. In my experience, one can be a bit more sloppy with no ill effects. The metal polish is very fine and will not scratch your piano finish. I buff my letters with an old t-shirt and don't worry about getting polish on the surrounding polyester finish. Your piano is super glossy and your letters will be super glossy and the finish around the letters will be super glossy--all good.

If you have a satin finish piano, however, you would want to stay within the letters as much as possible, I would think. Otherwise over time I suspect you may get a glossy halo around the letters that stands out from the rest of the finish.

One thing on the pedals: it's a good idea to tape off the felt if you want to polish all the way up the pedal. The black residue that comes from polishing brass will discolor the felt.

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One thing on the pedals: it's a good idea to tape off the felt if you want to polish all the way up the pedal. The black residue that comes from polishing brass will discolor the felt.


thanks for the tip! I will definitely do that next time! Then maybe no q-tips will be needed for the pedals!


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Thanks for posting that, my pedals look really bad but I wasn't sure what to use. I'll get some Flitz.


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Thanks, ShiroKuro and others. My piano has a high gloss finish, I bought Q-tips in bulk for some reason (now I have a reason!), also masking tape (for the felt) and I'm working on some Polish music, so I'm all set! I appreciate the step-by-step recipe.

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Originally Posted by MarkL
Thanks for posting that, my pedals look really bad but I wasn't sure what to use. I'll get some Flitz.

I didn't actually realize just how bad my pedals looked -- I think I was in denial! whome

I bought my piano used and was just so happy to have such a great instrument that I overlooked those blemishes and figured there was nothing I could do. Not so!

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Thank you, this post is encouraging! One day I may get down to it.I wonder if too much tarnish on the logo could gradually cause the letters to fade? Occasionally I do attempt cleaning the letters in an impromptu "spit and polish" kind of way.I do not know if Cory's polish is good for polishing the letters?
The Q tips idea is great too!


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Tre Corda, I have Cory's and it's a totally different thing. I wouldn't imagine it would do much for brass inlay. Flitz is totally worth it! Also, it doesn't take that much elbow grease for the logo, I didn't really even press into the letters. (It was just the pedals that I really rubbed hard).

Anyway, definitely consider trying Flitz. I got the smallest size, I think it was just under $10 on Amazon.


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Originally Posted by ShiroKuro
Tre Corda, I have Cory's and it's a totally different thing. I wouldn't imagine it would do much for brass inlay. Flitz is totally worth it! Also, it doesn't take that much elbow grease for the logo, I didn't really even press into the letters. (It was just the pedals that I really rubbed hard).

Anyway, definitely consider trying Flitz. I got the smallest size, I think it was just under $10 on Amazon.
Thanks ShiroKuro, sounds good! Your pianos logo looks great.
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Thanks for the tip. My logo and pedals need some Flitz. One question though. How careful do you have to be to avoid getting Flitz on the area around the logo?

I am also wondering if the Flitz removes a laquer coating which means we will have to Flitz on a regular basis.



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