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#2065108 - 04/15/13 05:52 PM High gloss ebony finish on Yamaha U3
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Does anyone know if a high gloss finish can easily be made satin? A friend of mine just got a used Yamaha U3 in high gloss but prefers something less 'shiney'.

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#2065120 - 04/15/13 06:13 PM Re: High gloss ebony finish on Yamaha U3 [Re: w_scott_iv@yahoo]
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There is no magic wand solution. It takes work, and the results depend on how careful one is.
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#2065126 - 04/15/13 06:44 PM Re: High gloss ebony finish on Yamaha U3 [Re: w_scott_iv@yahoo]
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It is a lot of work, but can be done.

#2065131 - 04/15/13 07:08 PM Re: High gloss ebony finish on Yamaha U3 [Re: w_scott_iv@yahoo]
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Sanding sanding and sanding smile. (Just kidding! Thats how its done in french polishing I know nothing about modern finish...)
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#2065148 - 04/15/13 07:48 PM Re: High gloss ebony finish on Yamaha U3 [Re: w_scott_iv@yahoo]
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Key word in your question is "easily". Nothing is easy with a polyester finish. You should definitely consult with a professional furniture refinisher - this is not a do-it-yourself project.
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#2065178 - 04/15/13 09:20 PM Re: High gloss ebony finish on Yamaha U3 [Re: w_scott_iv@yahoo]
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Originally Posted By: w_scott_iv@yahoo
Does anyone know if a high gloss finish can easily be made satin? A friend of mine just got a used Yamaha U3 in high gloss but prefers something less 'shiney'.

Lower wattage light bulbs and shades on the windows...
that is the easy way to reduce the sheen.

#2065576 - 04/16/13 01:38 PM Re: High gloss ebony finish on Yamaha U3 [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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I agree about a pro-refinisher since the piano needs disassembled to be done. We use 5000 grit wet sanding pads to do some de-glossing but you need to know how to use them.

Someone brought me a SD-6 9 ft Baldwin grand lid that looked like an airplane landed on it last year, the result of someone doing home de-glossing with a scotch-brite pad.

Polyester will turn grey and look like automotive primer when sanded. If you like that Rat-Rod look?

The other thing is Re-sale, you mess with a decent factory finish and suddenly need to sell? It could be hard to sell it then.
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