The secret to perfect piano lacquer lies in the number of coats. Creating the finish on a piano involves applying five to nine coats to the wood, until the layer of lacquer is about a millimeter thick. Then, the lacquer needs plenty of time to dry.
Once the drying process is complete, the name of the game is sanding, sanding, sanding. Finer and finer sandpaper is used for each successive round of sanding. These many hours of work are necessary to create the deep, mirrored black finish for which piano lacquer is famous. Depending on the size of the instrument, our colleagues can spend up to two days just working on the lid of a grand piano to achieve the desired gloss.
Black is still the most commonly ordered color of upright and grand pianos. However, AUGUST FÖRSTER also makes pianos in ruby red, steel blue, or bordeaux violet if customers request it; white is another frequently requested color, and naturally, many veneers are also popular, including cherry, walnut, beech, oak, mahogany, and more. If customers come to us with an idea of what they want, we are happy to make their dreams come true.