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Here are a few pictures form the PTG presentation on "Building a formal finish" and the hands on workshop on "Rubbing a Finish".

This presentation and others are available for PTG chapters and private woodworking groups.

Lecture on piano finishing.

The step panel demonstration the stages of building a piano finish.

Hands on Rubbing workshop


Here are the handouts and notes from the

Piano Technicians Guild Convention Presentation and

 Finish Rubbing Workshop

Building a Formal Piano Finish

Rubbing Workshop

Other Finishing Articles and Publications



Many of the folks who attended the finishing and rubbing workshop at the Convention requested supply and product information. 

  Here are some of the supplies and suppliers I use.


 Finish removers:

·        Liquid no wash for flow-over system.

·        Kwick marine semi paste remover.


·        Raw wood……………………...Production or garnet paper

·        Finishing and rubbing  paper ….3M 216-U gold resin bond

·        Mirka  Sandpaper, Synthetic abrasives (Abralon)

 Steel Wool

·        Liberon



·        TransTints

·        Behlens, Solarlux

·        Mohawk Ultra penetrating stain


·        Sheffield…… Oil, Japan, Universal tinting

·        Mixol……….Universal

·        Ronan.


·        Lenmar

·        Lawrence McFadden

·        Chemcraft


·        Zinsser  SealCoat 

Suppliers to consider:

Industrail Finishes Ltd

14622 Southlawn Lane
Rockville MD20850 

Homestead Finishing Products….. Cincinnati, OH 

C & H Supply

5431 Mountville Road • Adamstown, Maryland  21710 


Benco Supply…Removers

P.O. Box 3649
Crossville, TN 38557


Besway Systems, Inc…..  Removers
305 Williams Avenue
Madison, TN 37115-2626