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Step 3: Prime Time

Next, you'll prime your piano a couple times over. Here's the supplies you'll need, which are part of the prepping process:

  • 1 gallon Zinssser Primer (I found at Lowe's)
  • 2" foam brush
  • 150 grit sandpaper

After using your tack cloth from the initial sanding, prime everywhere on the piano you want your color to be with Zinsser Primer, using a foam brush to get a smooth finish. This primer sticks to anything and covers great.

Dry, Sand, and Prime Again

Let the piano dry for the recommended time, then *sand all over with 150 grit sand paper. Tack cloth if off then prime and sand again. Priming a couple times makes it so you don't have to paint 8 coats of color. Repeat the process again if needed.

*If you don't want to sand between coats that's really ok, your end result will just be different than what these pictures show. The primer states you don't have to sand between coats, and you don't, but I sanded to get it extra smooth. The paint creates a little texture with each coat, and I also sanded because of reasons mentioned before. You don't have to take an hour to sand between coats. Just a quick sanding across the piano will suffice :)

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>I'm excited to try this but have a few questions. I definitely can't move my piano outside. should I forgo sanding maybe? I'm not a perfectionist so could live with a few flaws. Also is it super stinky paint as to be harmful to breath if I do it indoors? Lastly, when you say sand in between coats of paint, do you let the paint dry, sand gentle or hard? I've haven't painted anything before! thanks!! super excited!</p>
You can sand indoors if you'd like! Just wear a mask and then vacuum and dust when you're finished. You can sand as little or as much as you want, too. Even sanding by hand real quickly on the piano will be better than nothing. It helps the paint adhere to the piano, and takes off any dirt you may not see just looking at it. You can forgo sanding. It just looks and is a more professional way to do it :)<br><br>All the paint I used is water based (not oil based), so it won't smell too bad or be that stinky. Keep the room ventilated with a window open if you'd like, and a ceiling fan if you have one. It's like painting a room if you paint it indoors. It will smell a little, but not too bad!<br><br>When you sand in between coats you do have to let the paint dry. The sanding is done with a really fine sandpaper and done really quick and lightly. This is just to make it really smooth. Some people will skip this step which is fine too. Just won't be as good, like I mentioned before :)<br><br>Thank you for your questions! Let me know if you have any other as you go! Good luck!
Would love do try this in teal. Any specific teal paint color suggestions?
<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.
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
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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