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I still have the damage to my U5C that was caused by a tuner two years ago. Her insurance has paid me for the repair but there is no one local that I would trust to do the work. As a wood worker myself and being fairly handy I a tempted to do the work myself.
I have found this kit available on Ebay. Have any of you used this kit? and would you recommend it? Is this a job that I should not attempt?
The damage is a small dent in the fallboards field and three very small chip at the front square edge of the fallboard. The U5C is a Mahogony wood with a clear ployester finish.
The damage is not visible when the piano is being played but every time I close the fall board I still get a bit pi**ed off and would just like to get it fixed.

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I wouldn't try it on a piano you value. If you could get something to practice on, do that first.

I have not used this kit. The poly that I use is made by Konig and comes from Allied Supply in Pennsylvania...Ruth and Webb Phillips. I think that this is a different "Allied". Be aware that there are different types of polyester. The type they spray on a piano uses a liquid hardener and takes longer to cure. That's what is offered in this ad. The type we usually use for repairs has a paste hardener, and cures quickly. Either will work, but they are different to work with.

There is alot of potential to make things worse when it comes to polyester. For one thing, even with a small repair, you end up sanding and polishing out a fairly large area. You have to get the surface you are working on completely flat and smooth. Any scratches you put in with one grit of sandpaper will need to be polished out with a lighter grit. While it isn't impossible to do, it is tricky enough that I would be cautious. In general, a clear finish is harder to repair than an ebony finish. You have to get the wood color to match. I haven't seen the damage, so I don't know how bad it is. If it is down to the wood, and you have to stain, then it gets tricky.

If it is just a crack, you might be able to fill it in with CA glue. CA glue will bond to polyester. For very small repairs you can build up CA, and polish it out. Good Luck.


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This is redundant but important: Read again what Roy Peters said and follow his advice. I have been doing this for 31 years, and I wouldn't change a thing in Roy's response.

If you are going to do this yourself, see if a local store can give you a damaged polyester panel to practice on. This work takes time to learn.

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Thank you so much for your replys.
Practice sounds like a good idea.
I would also like to post pictures so that you might give further advice.
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You might consider checking with furniture stores. All of them use repair people either on staff or independents to repair damaged goods. Polyester is a popular finish in furniture now, so you shouldn't have trouble finding someone. I've had the training in polyester piano finishes by the Phillips' and done a few, but it's very fussy and tedious work and requires LOTS of practice before attempting. Pno2ner.


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