Step 2: Prep Work: Taping and Sanding

To begin your prep work, first get your piano ready:

  1. Move your piano downstairs and outside after making your nice neighbors haul it up two flights of stairs a couple months ago.
  2. Remove the "music desk" on your piano (this holds the sheet music).
  3. Remove any hardware, like the pulls for your lid.
Next, you'll tape everything off, sand, and then dust.

*For an amazingly smooth and lovely piano finish, don't ditch a good prep job. This includes taping, sanding, dusting, and priming. I know some tutorials ditch sanding as prep work at times, but I sand because I care :) It also creates an unbeatable smooth finish.

Taping Off

Using the brown craft paper and painter's tape, tape off and cover anywhere dust can get into, or anywhere you don't want painted. This includes:
  • Inside the top of the piano
  • Covering the piano keys
  • Covering the piano foot pedals
  • Covering the metal hardware for the music desk

Remind yourself that any color is better than a beat up color, and then begin to sand with 60 grit sandpaper. You don't need to sand until the brown finish is off. Just do a nice sanding over the whole piano. Sanding is used for two main reasons here, to (1) help the paint adhere better to the piano and (2) create an ultra smooth finish.


Wipe off most of the dust created by the sander initially with a dry rag, then use tack cloth to wipe the rest off. Using a tack cloth makes the finish super smooth and bump free. Wipe until it's smooth and without dust.
Wow, I looooove it!! I am going to do mine, am totally inspired by yours, it looks so well done. I live in Australia so will see how I go with finding all your gear over here. Thank you. Ele
<p>Is your piano an actual working piece or just for decoration?</p>
It's an actual working piece! I practice and play on it tons!
<p>I got the clear gloss polycrylic, do you think this will be okay or should I return it?</p>
<p>I would love to hear how it turned out with the clear gloss polycrylic. I am almost done painting and trying to decide on the best protective finish to use.</p>
Hi there! So far, I am happy with the finish I used; it is holding up well to my three kids and I haven't noticed any problems. If you are thinking about using a different finish, however, that would be fine too!
<p>That would be fine! The finish will be a little more shiny than a satin finish, but still look great. I just like the look of a flat or satin finish with any paint, but I'm not the norm. Good luck!</p>
<p>I love this tutorial, thank you! When I went to purchase the Miniwax polycrylic protective finish, the salespeople at my local store were convinced it would yellow over time and ruin the color. (I painted my piano a light blue, not yellow.) Some of the reviews for the product on Amazon suggest the same thing. Have you ever heard of this? Have you used this product successfully with other colors before? I just don't want to ruin the hours of hard work I've put into this project!</p>
Oh no! I haven't heard of the possibility of the finish turning yellow, but based on the reviews you read and those salesman, I would try a different finish just to be safe!
<p>Has the painting effected the tone/ tuning of the piano at all? I'm about to buy a second hand piano which will need tuning but have heard painting them ruins them? </p><p>It looks amazing though, I've always, ALWAYS wanted a green piano! </p>
<p>Good to hear! I haven't heard any difference since painting my piano, and haven't even tuned it yet because it sounds the same to me. Just don't paint the inside and you should be good! ;) Seriously though when I was debating this I couldn't see how painting it would effect the sound (as I had read in a few places as well). I'm glad I painted it and found that it's fine. Also, I think green would be awesome. You'll love it!</p>
Only paint it this way if you never plan to have it tuned or repaired again. If you do, be sure to disassemble the case parts first and only reassemble them when the painting is finished and fully cured.
This belongs in the <a href="http://www.cunninghampiano.com/" rel="nofollow">Steinway Piano Gallery in Washington DC,</a> because it's so amazing!!! Good work.
ii wanna but that beautifull thing
it certainly draws you toward it...maybe result in more playing? Well done!
Yes, exactly! It's been fun.
Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing. <br /> <br />GM
wow!! so beautiful, great job!
That looks awesome. It's such a bold commitment--I don't know if I could do the same to my piano! <br> <br>But I like it a lot. Good work, and thanks for all the great painting tips.
Thank you :)

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