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Title: Painting a Rhodes Mk 1 Harp Cover
Post by: Yaniv Brener on July 01, 2020, 05:16:09 PM
Hi everyone, long time lurker here. I'm finally getting around to a project thanks to COVID time...I bought a spare harp cover a few yrs ago from a guy that tried to paint it and did a terrible job, then never got around to fixing it. Here's a picture of the starting product.

Tips appreciated, but I've been reading the threads on here about painting already so I feel pretty set to get started. I'll post updates here (and it'll keep me honest and on track ;))

My process idea:

Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: Painting a Rhodes Mk 1 Harp Cover
Post by: Yaniv Brener on July 02, 2020, 03:27:40 PM
Well that was a lot of sanding. Big tip: take care on the edges to not change or flatten the curvature of the cover. Move quickly and change angles a lot.

Interesting note, looks like someone had repaired that differently colored edge in the past? I'm not sure but it seems to be a different material than the rest of the cover.
Title: Re: Painting a Rhodes Mk 1 Harp Cover
Post by: DAtkinson on July 15, 2020, 10:46:00 PM
Any updates?
Title: Re: Painting a Rhodes Mk 1 Harp Cover
Post by: Yaniv Brener on July 16, 2020, 01:38:39 PM
Yep, but unfortunately the update is I ran into some trouble with the primer. I sprayed on 2 cans, and after the second can noticed some strange little bubbles forming (finger for scale). I'm trying to find out what could have caused this. Will be sanding it off and re-spraying.
Title: Re: Painting a Rhodes Mk 1 Harp Cover
Post by: Yaniv Brener on July 20, 2020, 01:24:58 AM
Making progress! I sanded the bubbles down and also took some of the first primer off before re-applying primer. I suspect the bubbles were either due to spraying in really hot weather or lots of static electricity attracted a ton of dust. I also had to use a new type of primer since apparently the entire US's paint supply is disrupted (thanks, COVID.)

The first primer I tried was Rustoleum's Filler Primer, but now the only one I could find was Rustoleum Painter's Touch 2X Ultra Cover in Flat White. I applied a couple coats, probably went too thick on the second so I waited a good 2-3 days to make sure it was fully dry/cured.

Finished by wet sanding with 400-grit, next comes the base coat.
Title: Re: Painting a Rhodes Mk 1 Harp Cover
Post by: Yaniv Brener on July 29, 2020, 05:07:26 PM
IT'S (almost) DONE!!

Clear coat is on, just haven't wet sanded or buffed & polished yet. I'll post a longer summary later but for now check it out!  8)
Title: Re: Painting a Rhodes Mk 1 Harp Cover
Post by: sean on July 29, 2020, 08:17:01 PM

Looks pretty sweet!

I also like the paints booth!  Great idea.

Sean
Title: Re: Painting a Rhodes Mk 1 Harp Cover
Post by: Yaniv Brener on August 17, 2020, 03:08:00 PM
Thanks! I went back and took some more pics with better lighting - you can really see the flake and true color a lot better in these.  8)
Title: Re: Painting a Rhodes Mk 1 Harp Cover
Post by: sean on August 17, 2020, 06:42:59 PM

It really looks beautiful.  How soon until we can see it on the piano?

Sean
Title: Re: Painting a Rhodes Mk 1 Harp Cover
Post by: Yaniv Brener on August 17, 2020, 09:01:42 PM
Wellll, I left home for a 2-3 month roadtrip and won't be back till November. Gonna be a little while!