When creating a digital piano, manufacturers normally focus on the sound, keyboard action, and the overall performance of the instrument. As a result, they end up paying little to no attention to the piano’s color.
Thus, you can easily find an instrument that matches your functionality needs but doesn’t compliment your décor. So, can you paint a digital piano? The simple answer is yes.
However, it isn’t an easy and straightforward task as it requires several considerations before getting started. Here, we’ll look at how to paint a digital piano in a safe and effective way.
What You’ll Need
- Owner’s Manual
- Tools for Disassembling and Assembling the piano
- Tarp, Plastic Baggies, and old Newspapers
- Painter’s Tape
- Your Paint of Choice
- Clear Lacquer – to prevent paint from chipping
How to Paint a Digital Piano – Step-by-Step Guide
1. Disassemble the Instrument
It’s obvious that you don’t want to paint any operational parts of your digital piano. Therefore, disassembling it should be the first step to painting your instrument.
Start by removing all the knobs and dials, and you can photograph each step for your reference when reassembling the instrument. You can place different parts in different plastic baggies so that you don’t mix them up.
Ensure that you also detach any wires (appropriately), and finally remove the instrument’s hardware.
2. Apply the Primer
Before applying the primer, first ensure that you thoroughly clean your instrument’s surfaces. If the dust is minimal, you can simply use a damp cloth to clean the piano. This ensures that the surfaces of the piano are equally level for better painting.
After cleaning your digital piano’s surfaces, give it enough time to dry before applying the primer. Once completely dry, lay down the old newspapers or tarp around and beneath the painting surfaces.
Use the painter’s tape to cover up the areas that you don’t want to paint. Afterward, apply the first coating of the primer, and make sure that it’s a thin and even coat. Once it has fully dried, apply the second primer coat in the same manner as the first and allow it to dry as well.
Ensure that you are in a well ventilated area or space during this whole primer application process.
3. Paint Your Digital Piano
Finally, it’s time to paint your digital piano. Like the primer, start by applying thin layers of paint simultaneously. This approach helps you avoid tackiness and paint imperfections, something we assume you don’t want.
Afterward, allow the paint to fully dry before adding another layer of paint to the surfaces. Again, allow the coat to dry and you can even lightly sand between the coats after a 24-hour period to achieve level coating.
4. Apply the Lacquer
Once you are through with painting your digital piano, you need to apply the lacquer before reassembling your instrument. Use thin coats of the lacquer and apply as many coats as you may need on the painted surfaces.
The lacquer prevents the paint from chipping and enhances its durability. Finally, ensure that the lacquer completely dries before reassembling the components of your instrument.
5. Reassemble Your Digital Piano
This is where you’ll need the owner’s manual to refer to the manufacturer’s instruction on reassembling your instrument. You can also refer to the photos you took when disassembling the piano – that is if you took any.
Once you accurately put your instrument back together, you can now enjoy your new and beautiful painting job.