We do limited polishing work – most of our polishing jobs are contracted out to recommended polishers……..
Most Piano Tuning Shops now ship their polishing work out to the few recommended polishers in New Zealand. We know who they are, they do excellent work that is lasting. Many polishers do not practice craftsmanship and their work is out of the end of a spray gun. (this maybe alright for a lesser quality piano, but for the Steinways etc – unacceptable)
The quality of work is somewhat reflected in the cost of the job – polishing work should first be taken back to the wood – often polishers just spray over the top of existing finishes and over a period of time the top finish lifts. These jobs are simply what you paid for.
Time taken to do a good polish job for an Upright Piano is about 20 – 30 hours depending on the type of old polish that needs to be removed.
Time taken to do a good polish job for a Grand Piano is about 30 – 60 hours depending on the type of old polish that needs to be removed.
Material and transport costs need to be added.
Some people have polished their piano before they have contacted a piano tuner – and ended up spending good money having a poor or structurally floored piano re polished. Please before you do any re-polishing have a tuner look at it first.
Before a piano is polished all the piano action and keys must be removed – this is not a job that the polisher is qualified to do (although they do pull it apart and then put it back the “same way” it came apart). The result is a piano that is not set up correctly (the piano is put back together with the same mistakes it was taken apart with). Piano tuners work hand in hand with the polishers in this respect – the tuner sets the piano up – correctly.
People often ask about the polish they should use to clean their piano – the polish used depends on the surface of the piano – high gloss pianos should be cleaned with a damp leather cloth, with no other polish applied. Pianos with natural finishes should be polished with something like Neopol (apply a little to the cloth, never pour polish directly onto the piano).
Cleaning the keys is best done weekly with a damp leather cloth.
Brass work (pedals etc) is best removed from the piano by the tuner and polished with brasso and then coated with clear polishes to help keep them shinny.
Never place anything on the piano that may damage the polish.
Never put flowers or plants on the top of a piano.