Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
139 registered (AmandaH, anamnesis, acortot, 38 invisible), 1492 Guests and 8 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Topic Options
#629345 - 03/05/04 01:43 PM WD-40 or Selleys RP7
nextturnpls Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/20/01
Posts: 35
To all piano technicians,

As the humidity is as high as 80% to 90% daily in tropical country may I know how to prevent the upper register piano steel strings from getting rusty besides installing damp-chaser and cover the piano with a thick cotton cover?

Can I spray certain amount of WD-40 OR SELLEYS RP7 on a piece clean and dry cotton cloth and apply them throughly on all the steel strings surface to prevent rust?

Thanks
Felix

Top
(ad 568) PTG Grand Action Regulation in 37 Steps
PTG Grand Action Regulation in 37 Steps
#629346 - 03/05/04 02:10 PM Re: WD-40 or Selleys RP7
BDB Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 22794
Loc: Oakland
You can try it. Keep it away from the damper felt. But when all is said and done, a piano is not really meant for that type of climate, even if everything in it is tropicized. You just have to expect that things won't last as long as they would under better conditions.
_________________________
Semipro Tech

Top
#629347 - 03/05/04 09:15 PM Re: WD-40 or Selleys RP7
Rick Clark Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/04/03
Posts: 1810
Loc: North County San Diego CA
I don't know what Selley's is, but lubes like WD-40 or anything with silicones are considered a high risk to apply due to the tendancy for it to travel over time. The lube can get into all kinds of places it doesn't belong. The only case I have ever heard of a PTG tuner actually being expelled from the org for incompetence had to do with his use of lubes in pianos and refusal to mend his ways. I have seen the ruinous remains of pianos he has "treated".

If it's a grand, a 100% wool string cover (not cotton!) with a 15 or 25 watt dampp-chaser rod under that cover should be the most effective thing against string rust. I don't know why you are against it, but that's what I would recommend.

If it's an upright, a 50 watt rod and humidistat will do the job.

Regards,

Rick Clark
_________________________
Rick Clark

Piano tuner-technician

Top
#629348 - 03/06/04 10:25 AM Re: WD-40 or Selleys RP7
JIMBOB Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/18/02
Posts: 1334
Loc: South Carolina
I agree with Rick. WD 40 or any lube/protectant should not be used any where IN the piano. The use of a string cover, dampp chaser and undercover should help with the wire rust. You may also want to try some of the new moisture
sorb socks on top of the plate. Some one also makes piano wire for high humidity locations. Keeping you fingers and hands off of the wire when re-stringing will also help.
_________________________
Certificate in Piano Technology NBSSP
Associate Member PTG
Yamaha & Petrof/Nordiska Training
Dampp-Chaser System Installer
QRS/ Pianomation Service
Certified Piano Disc Technician/Installer

Top
#629349 - 03/06/04 09:24 PM Re: WD-40 or Selleys RP7
BDB Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 22794
Loc: Oakland
Looking over my answer, I have to expain further. You should never put anything on the wound strings. Lubricants will loosen the bond between the winding and the core, and ruin the string in no time. By no means should you just start spraying things indiscriminately. I have used WD-40 on plain wire strings, applied sparingly with a rag, before the wound strings were installed. It should clean off anything that may have gotten on the strings while they were being installed, despite my restringing gloves. But I am extremely careful with it, keeping it away from the tuning pins and any areas where it might cause problems.
_________________________
Semipro Tech

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
Shop our Store for Music Lovers!
PianoSupplies.com is Piano World's Online Store
Please visit our store today.
(ad) Teaching Children Music
Teaching Music to Children
(ad) Yamaha Stage Pianos
Yamaha CP4 & CP40 Stage Pianos
(ads) PD - WNG - MH
Wessell Nickel & Gross
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
2nd Annual American Jazz Pianist Competition- Enter Now!
by AtlanticMusicCtr
09/04/15 12:29 PM
Kenny Barron Downbeat Article for AJPC (Jazz Piano Comp.)
by AtlanticMusicCtr
09/04/15 11:27 AM
Live piano music in restaurant - thinking Christmas
by Bellyman
09/03/15 09:27 PM
Casio AP-450, strange sound when a few keys are pressed
by Sandbo
09/03/15 07:43 PM
Glissando question
by FrankCox
09/03/15 06:56 PM
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Forum Stats
80,625 Registered Members
44 Forums
166,665 Topics
2,441,893 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission