Hi! To answer your question, I sanded the entire piano with 220 grit sandpaper to help the paint stick smoothly, then I removed the movable backsplash and painted it separately. All the delicate parts were masked off with painters tape until everything was dry. It took about 4 coats using a foam brush to minimize streaking.
Good luck! I think well-painted pianos are so beautiful. Send me pictures!
I’m so proud of our piano project! It was featured on today’s Design*Sponge Before & Afters! I’m so energized to pursue more projects like this, they make me so happy.
Before our piano was neglected, collecting dust, and sounding really bad.
Now its curry sauce yellow and begs to be played!
The process went like this:
• Put down drop-cloths and collect supplies: 220 grit sandpaper, electric sander, work lights, latex gloves, dust masks, painters tape, dampened rags, paint, brushes
• Sand all exposed surfaces (to be painted) at least twice using light circular motions
• Use damp rags to pick up the dust on the piano left from sanding and mask off all areas that don’t need to be painted. We chose to not paint the inside of the fall (the keyboard cover), the outside pieces of the keyboard frame and the pedals so those were thoroughly masked.
• Remove any removable parts. I took the upper panel off and painted it separately.
• Use a 3-inch foam brush to minimize streaks and lines. Paint thin coats and allow to dry thoroughly in between. We sanded the paint with 220 after the second coat then painted 2 more coats. It sounds like a lot but isn’t really.
• Only remove the masking tape and put the panels back on when the paint is completely dry. Voila!