Should You Paint Your Piano White?

Nowadays, white piano's are in style as they have a very aesthetically pleasing look to them. So, should you paint your piano white? Let's take a look: 

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Miller Piano Specialists October 30, 2020 2 Min Read

Should you paint your piano white? Nowadays, white piano’s are in style as they have a very aesthetically pleasing look to them. If you’re thinking about getting a white piano, there are a few things you should know about them first. Let’s take a look:

Did You Know?

Did you know that most used white piano’s are re-varnished? Only relatively newer pianos are in original white finish, and they are often Japanese and Korean. During the 1960-1970s, pianos were made of walnut and mahogany shades and produced on the European market. To make their pianos more attractive to the buyers, the sellers would paint their instruments white to cover up the faded color.

Although there is nothing wrong with re-painting a piano casing, you should be aware of the history of the white piano you are buying!

Renewing An Old Piano 

If you’re looking to paint your piano yourself, there are some things you should know about the process of renewing the instrument. The essential quality that the piano you want is that the sound is excellent over everything else. Before applying a new varnish, the old piano’s coating should be sanded down and smoothed out. After a layer of primer, apply paint and colorless varnish to increase the varnished surface’s durability.

Most sellers will suggest the instrument to be matt finish because the cost of renewing them is lower. A good sprayer will also help restore an older piano even in bad conditions. Polyester, or even professional piano varnish, is based on resin. Varnishing the instruments is longer, time-consuming, and more expensive.

Interested in a fun DIY? Check out how to paint a piano: 

What You Should Ask If You’re Buying 

Last but not least, here are a few things you should consider asking before purchasing a white piano: 

  1. In what condition was the piano in before varnishing, and how was it stored?
  2. What kind of paint/varnish/ technology does the piano have and how many layers? 
  3. Does the casing coat have streaks?
  4. Is the piano surface dusty, and the varnish even to the touch?


So, should you paint your piano white? We would say, why not? All in all, any color of a piano is beautiful, as they all make the beautiful sound of music. If you’re looking to buy your dream Yamaha piano, we can help you!

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