wood refinishing

Old 03-27-02, 12:18 PM
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I have a piano that I am going to tackle this summer. I have started it numerous times, but always get stuck on the stripping. I am not sure what type of wood it is. My mother-in-law calls it blonde wood. All I know is that it is very porous, soft and the shellac/varnish will not come out of the grain. Is it possible to just put a laquer coating over the top and not have to strip it at all?
Old 03-27-02, 06:45 PM
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If teh finish is either lacquer or shellac, you can recoat with lacquer or shellac without having to strip.

To test, dampen a rag with lacquer thinner. Rub in a small circle on an inconspicuous spot (like the top of the soundboard beneath the keyboard on an upright). If the rag starts to drag or stick, the finish is either lacquer or shellac. You can recoat with either product.

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