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The purchase of a white piano - necessary information

I have been observing the increased demand for white pianos for several years. This is understandable. White furniture is fashionable these days, it looks aesthetically pleasing.

However, you need to know that most of the used white pianos are re-varnished pianos. Only fairly young used pianos (up to about 30 years old) can be found in the original white finish. Most often they are Japanese and Korean instruments. In the 1960s and 1970s pianos in shades of walnut and mahogany were most often produced on the European market. Therefore, many sellers, to make their product more attractive, decide to paint the instrument in white to cover the unfashionable, often faded color.

Of course, I see nothing wrong with that. Re-painting the piano casing does not affect its sound. However, you shouldn't be hiding the fact that the piano has been varnished from the customer, and this is unfortunately something I have observed on the internet.

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If you are thinking about buying a white piano - you might want to know more or less what the process of renewing the instrument should look like.

Before applying a new varnish, the old piano coating should be thoroughly sanded, leveling the defects. Then a layer of primer, paint and colorless varnish should be applied to increase the durability of the varnished surface.

When renewing, patience and seasoning between stages is the most important. It is also worth renovating a piano that is well cared for inside, because what is the point of a piano that only looks nice but plays poorly?

Most often, sellers suggest instruments in the matt finish. Because the cost of renewing them is lower. In addition, a good sprayer will renew such a piano even in adverse conditions, i.e. in dusty rooms where there is no professional cabin.

Polyester, or professional piano varnish, is based on resin. The method of varnishing the instruments is longer, time-consuming and definitely more expensive.

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Before buying a white piano ask:

  1. In what condition was it before varnishing, how was it stored?
  2. What kind of paint, varnish was used, how many layers, what technology: acrylic, polyurethane, polyester?
  3. Is the casing coating evenly covered, without streaks and is the varnish sticking to the surface of the instrument?
  4. Is the piano surface dusty? Is the varnish even to the touch? Pleasant?


Personally, I would buy a varnished white piano without seeing it in person, based on photos, only from a reliable, trusted seller.

Grzegorz Rychlik
Author: Grzegorz Rychlik

Pianist and laureate of piano competitions, as well as piano teacher.
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