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Replacing music desk cloth

  • 1.  Replacing music desk cloth

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 4 days ago
    I've done this before, but it's been a while. I've got a roll of the black ecsaine cloth that PianoTek Supply sells for the job, but the old (worn) cloth just doesn't want to come off! I tore what I could, taken some more off with a scraper and razor blades, but this is a major time sink. The glue is rubbery contact cement.  Heat gun? Hair dryer? Solvents?
    How do you do it?
    Frustrated,

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    Patrick Draine
    Billerica MA
    978-663-9690
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  • 2.  RE: Replacing music desk cloth

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 4 days ago
    Mr. Draine,

    I've used mineral spirits for this task with good results. It seems to be good at loosening the glue but doesn't harm the underlying finish.

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    Karl Roeder
    Pompano Beach FL
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  • 3.  RE: Replacing music desk cloth

    Member
    Posted 4 days ago
    I recently did this job and used a citrus based solvent I think. Tried using a heat gun but it was heating up the finish . The problem seems to be common on Young Changs and the material makes a real mess. The material that Pianotek sells works real well. Cut it oversized and after glue dries trim with a razor blade or exacto knife

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    James Kelly
    Pawleys Island SC
    843-325-4357
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  • 4.  RE: Replacing music desk cloth

    Posted 3 days ago
    Diff wallpaper remover works for me





  • 5.  RE: Replacing music desk cloth

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 3 days ago
    I've found that most pianos I run across with this problem are church or other heavy use pianos.  Rather than replace with a similar material what I use is the anti-slip tape they sell at hardware stores for putting down on concrete, in black.  The outdoor version has a rubbery, nubby surface and you'll never have to do the job again.

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    Cecil Snyder
    Torrance CA
    310-542-7108
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  • 6.  RE: Replacing music desk cloth

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi Patrick,

    For glues and adhesive removal I use VM&P Naptha.  It smell horrible but evaporates very quickly and does not harm the finish.

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    Gregory Cheng
    Warminster PA
    267-994-5742
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