PIN TREATMENT, GLUE,
of the products below have applications in mechanical trades of
hope that these products solve some problems for you. It is always wise
Never get lubricating fluids of powders on or near the tuning pin
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Lay the piano down on its back if it is an upright. Leave grands as is. Apply the solution with a bottle with a nozzle attached, or an oil can. I use a hypodermic syringe to control the liquid and avoid puddling it all over the harp. The solution you get on the harp does nothing but make a mess. Squirt it down the opening at the rear of the pin hole which has developed due to age and wear. Read more about my secret method of application in Repair in Chapter 7, #60.
"Brite Tone" Hammer
Head Hardener- This product is used to harden hammers which are too
quiet. This is often true of new hammers, and it will rescue hammers abused
by brats who put tacks in the hammer face to get a honky tonk sound.
Apply only to the top and bottom of the hammer head felt, not to the striking face.
2 ounce bottle SH499-2 $ 5.80
8 ounce bottle SH499-8 $ 9.95
"Supertone" Hammer felt hardener- Hammers
are often too soft when new.
This solution will harden the hammer felt. This product has no lacquer solvent,
and it can be applied to the shoulder of the hammer as well as the striking surface.
This is an improvement over older products. Easily applied with common brush-
8 oz. SH1404 $ 15.70
GLUE AND ADHESIVE
Part Description: Part Number Price
Glue for Pneumatic Material, Key Tops, and Wood.
Excellent for key top replacement and player piano tasks and wood to wood.
Use to glue bellows in players and reed organs. This PVC glue is totally
unique and is only applied to piano use. If you try to cut corners with PVC
products from hardware stores, you will NOT get a product that is made to
bond the very specific plastic in key tops.
Use also to glue felt and leather in place. Can be thinned 20% with water.
4 oz. bottle PVC-4 $ 5.00
8 oz. bottle PVC-8 $ 8.00
Pint SH387-16 $ 12.00
Quart SH387-32 $ 18.20
HIGH TACK FISH GLUE
This wonderful glue has properties that are very similar to ground hide glue
except that it does not require heating. It tacks quickly and remains water soluble
when dry. It is freeze-thaw stable and can be shipped year round.
4 oz. bottle CL100-4 $6.00
8 oz. bottle CL100-8 $9.00
Pint CL100-16 $14.50
Animal Hide Glue-
Terribly politically incorrect, but it sure works great
This glue is highly
recommended for gluing
bellows cloth to wood pieces in player pianos.
Also, use it on all wood and felt parts where you
wish to leave the possibility of dismantling in future
years. This glue is specially designed for use in
glue pots. Must be dissolved in hot water.
One pound package SH399-1/2 $ 8.95
"Hold Heet" ® Automatic Electric Glue Pot- made in USA
Features Accra thermostatic control. Operates without a water
jacket. Removable glue container. Wide overhanging lip prevents
glue from entering heater shell. 7 1/2 foot heavy duty grounded
power cord. Built like a boiler. Will take abuse. Long life heating
element. No hot spots and will not burn glue. All pots are set at
150 degrees F. Quart size, 115 volts, 144 watts, weighs 6 lbs.
Read a discussion from a trademan about this product
USING ANIMAL HIDE GLUE
If you are doing only one piano, you can heat the animal hide glue in an improvised double boiler. Don't use your wife's because the thing will be ruined.
Put the amount of glue in the electric glue pot or your double boiler which will do the job as far as you can tell. Fill the thing next with enough cold water to cover the glue crystals to one quarter inch above the glue. Soak the glue inthe correct amount of water overnight. Heat slowly and stir as it heats. If you improvise, you MUST have a thermometer to make sure you don't overheat it. The working temperature must be just under 150 degrees F.
Did you hear about the two Italian kittens sitting by the tennis court? They were watching two people play Tennis, and one kitten turned to the other and said, "Dat's my pa there, he's in da racket."
Hide Glue-- Cold application-- The purists do not feel cold animal hide glue
effective as hot glue. Production shops never use the cold glue. But, I know of technicians
who feel good about it.
Made by Franklin. No heating or mixing necessary. Ororless and stainless.
After years, when restoration is again needed, this glue will break up easily like hot glue.
4 ounce bottle
SH401-4 $ 7.15
8 ounce bottle SH401-8 $ 11.85
Heavy Duty Aerosol Adhesive--
A super-tough pressure sensitive formula with surprising adhesive power!
Holds heavier objects with strong, instant grip. Usually will not release
unless forced apart. Sticks to almost any material, rough or smooth,
including wood, paper, glass, plastics, metal, and concrete block.
Leaves the surface neat and clean when removed. Accurate spray can
application cuts waste to a minimum and is far faster and easier to use.
16 Ounce can-- SH485 $ 15.50
AND FINISHING PRODUCTS
For both full restorations and for spot fixes of small damage
TOUCH UP PENS FOR HIGH GLOSS PIANOS
These pens from Germany are made to deal with nicks and scratches
in modern high polish pianos. All risk is yours since we cannot promise
you will be able to totally remove all markings and imperfections.
SH457A-- High Gloss Black
SH457F-- Gloss Dark Walnut
SH457G-- Gloss Red Mahogany
SH457H-- Gloss Dark Red Mahogany
PRICE: $ 23.75
These scratch removing pens will not leave the halo or iridescence found with
regular felt pens. They have ONLY stain and a carrier in them. These pens
will stain worn areas, nicks, and rubbed edges on finished wood piano surfaces.
They also are just the thing for scuffed furniture, cupboards, leather, Bibles,
vinyl, picture and mirror frames. I touched up some dark kitchen cupboards
with one of these pens, and the results were amazing.
Important note: Do not use these pens on high gloss and urethane pianos.
Use the Kanten-Fix pens above.
HINT FOR BEHLEN PENS
If you dot the surface with the pens, you will get a spot effect, even though the color matches well. I do a small area, and then at once gently wipe my finger from my other hand over the spot I did. This feathers the stain into the surrounding paint or finish. You will need to clean your finger off with thinner after this.
For the record, this is probably not supposed to be good for your health in some way, so be warned. I have done this many times, and it has never affeticed, efuterkid, er, kafudled,
hurt me. :-)
SH1301-14- Dark Brown
SH1301-73- Red Mahogany (Victorian style)
SH1301-07- Golden Oak
SH1301-11- Medium Brown Walnut
SH1301-04- Extra Dark Walnut
SH1301-03- Light Walnut
PRICE: All SH1301 series pens-- $ 9.90 each
Stain Powder-- 2 oz. Mix with denatured alcohol
to blacken the key
lever wood under the sharps. Caution when opening as it can cause trouble in carpets
etc. The black stained wood at the front of the sharp key levers has likely dulled to
gray over the years. It will look very ugly if it is not restored to total black.
This wood is easily seen when the natural white keys are depressed.
This product is mainly used to stain larger areas, especially when veneer section
have been cut into large areas. Must be thinned with denatured alcohol.
This stain can be used in many other applications outside the piano trade.
SH450-310-- Dark Mahogany
SH450-300-- Golden Oak
SH450-325-- Extra Dark Walnut
SH450-343-- Lemon Yellow
PRICE: $ 15.85
used with Aniline Dyes above:
1. For Sharp Key Levers and for touch up work in finishes-- Denatured alcohol
2. For a tinting medium, use Behkol Solvent-- Available in Quart here--
Behkol is also used to cut Shellac, manufactured spirits, stains, and
varnishes. Part Number SH1449 $ 13.20
HINT FOR BURN-IN STICKS
This is an art form, but novices may well improve an area of bad damage in the surface of veneer or lacquer. I have used these sticks, and it is possible to learn the skill as you do your first job. You may decide to chip your work out and make a second try, but it is not impossible in my opinion.
Before starting with the burn-in step, clean our the damaged area. If it is stained by foreign matter, remove it. You may use a stain stick above to match the wood under the repair to the surrounding area. Remove all wood chips.
The sticks have a low melting point. I use a propane torch on very low and heat a small spatula, such as one used in leather work. An old screw driver could be ground and shaped into a tool for this. The heated spatula is then used to melt a glob of burn-in stick, and the molten glob is worked into the damaged spot quickly. The spatula is then heated a bit more and used to level the work.
I use two sticks of the shades of the two grain colors, such as with oak and mahogany. Lay in the base color between the grain, and then streak in lines of the darker grain. It is hard to do, but very rewarding.
This process is done and redone until a flat, or nearly flat, surface is accomplished. The top can then be sanded VERY SLOWLY without heating the material until lever. You may want to order some very find sand paper (see below) for the last step. The result is a deep translucent appearance which responds to the light well, and once finished over, it is VERY hard to see the repair. Using wood filler is a terrible alternative and will leave a dead spot.
Behlen Sanding Sealer to lever the work more and prepare for finishing.
This product is not mere lacquer--
It is made from the finest shellacs and resins.
As always, beware of Chinese imports.
Sticks are 7 inches long
SH407-010-- Amber Dark
SH407-014-- Brown Van Dyke
SH407-018-- Dark Cherry
SH407-005-- Fruitwood / Oak
SH407-001-- Dark Mahogany
SH407-016-- Mahogany Brown (Philippine)
SH407-017-- Mahogany Light
SH407-015-- Mahogany Medium
SH407-004-- Walnut Dark
SH407-013-- Walnut Dark Brown
SH407-003-- Walnut Light
SH407-007-- White (ONLY on real white finish)
PRICE: All Burn-In Sticks $ 7.85 each
Burn In Knife for applying burn in stick
3 inch curved blade, with wood handle
PRICE Part No. 183 $ 22.10
Formulated to be used by professionals and novices. This product has
many uses. Fills in and levels surface scratches, smoothes French Rubs,
levels and makes final fill of burn-in work (see side box). Seals over
stains before the finish is added. This is a serious issue since some
finishes may react to stains. Fast Drying-- 15 oz. aerosol can.
Part Number SH1417-104 $ 12.60 each
POLISH AND FINISH RESTORATION
Keytop Bar Polish- A block of
polishing compound used to polish plastic or ivory
For genuine ivory-- 2 lbs SH425 $ 15.00
For Pyralin or Ivorine Plastic-- 2 lbs SH426 $ 17.00
Go to Section 39 of Chapter 7 to learn how to use Ivory Brite.
For buffing plastic or old ivory keytops with buffing compound
1/2" hole-- Can be mounted on a bench grinder arbor- Useful for other
polishing jobs also, such as brass and nickel parts- Can mount more than one-
10 inch diameter -- 60 ply SH466 $ 31.50
8 inch diameter -- 60 ply SH465 $ 23.00
Sand Paper-- This extremely
fine grit is not available in hardware stores
1000 grit- per sheet SH455 $ 4.50 ea.
1500 grit- per sheet- May help polish old ugly ivory key tops SH456 $ 4.50 ea.
Pumice Stone-- 1 lb.
High Quality, American ground-- uniform
Extra Course SH411-O $ 8.50
Medium SH411-FF $8.50
Extra Fine ( Artists add this to acrylic medium for more brush drag ) SH411-FFFF $ 8.50
Perhaps the finest substance available for furniture finishing. Us this polish on
lacquered and varnished surfaces after a course rubbing with Pumice Stone SH410 $ 12.00
For cleaning and deburring aggraffe holes and other hard to
reach places. Round .055 diameter
Spool of 50 feet SH561 $ 21.50
Made of long strands for durability-- 8 pads per package
Grade 0000 SH412-4/0 $ 8.80
Grade 000 SH412-3/0 $ 8.50
Grade 00 SH412-2/0 $ 8.00
Grade 0 SH412-1/0 $ 7.45
Eraser-- Humid or cold weather can cause a finish to turn white or "blush."
Behlen Blush Eraser reflows the lacquer and allows the trapped moisture to escape.
This product should perform well with tung oil also.
Comes in aerosol can, 15 oz. SH1417-100 $ 12.50
Brass Plate-- Save the pain of some veneer work
These plates duplicate a design used on some old Victorian era pianos.
When the lower end of an upright is severely damaged, this plate allows you to
simply cover the damage instead of trying to replace veneer. These plates must
have both ends shortened so that the hole pattern is balanced, and two holes
drilled at each end. We offer two height choices, but both choices come
28 inches long. Made of polished brass 0.05 inches thick. Other sizes available
by special order, but none shorter than 28 inches.
12 inches high by 28 inches long SM4000 $ 80.00 EACH
10 inches high by 28 inches long SM4001 $ 95.00 EACH
Hypo-Applicator-- Hypodermic type needle on 2 ounce plastic bottle--
Cover included-- This is the most pracitical applicator we now carry.
This could also be used to apply pin tightening fluids.
Use to dispense lubricants and pin tightener SH184 $ 5.80
Plastic Oiler / Lubricant Applicator--
Unbreakable squeeze plastic bottle-- One ounce size-- 4 inches overall.
Dispenses lubricants, pin tightener, and liquid graphite. Cap included.
Can be used to deliver lubricants into the tight flanges drop by drop.
Old Part Number 151095A SH190 $ 7.80
Use this rig with all aerosol products, such as our products,
Emralon (Permalon 327) and Slix-It and TFL-50 DRY Lubricant
and TFL-50 WET Lubricant and Sanding Sealer and
Blush Eraser and Silicone Aerosol Spray and DRI SLIDE Moly Lubricant.
ALSO, use in your shop with other aerosol products and with
aerosol silicone to target moving parts without overspray.
Simply remove the original valve on the aerosol can, and attach
this hardware. This extension could be very handy around the
house where pin point application is desired, such at with
"Spot Shot" carpet cleaner and with laundry spot treatment.
Male attachment to the can
Part Number SM1501 $ 19.75
Female attachment to the can
Part Number SM1502 $ 19.75
Buy two $ 37.00
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