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Oil Paints Make For Beautiful Harpsichords

From Ernest Miller, Harpsichord Maker I am a harpsichord maker and have been building (and painting) these instruments for over 35 years. In that time, I’ve tried almost every paint known to man. Recently, a fellow builder suggested I try Old-Village paint, so I ordered your color charts, and eventually decided on Rittenhouse Ivory and Chestnut as the colors for my latest instrument. I rarely, if ever, write testimonials, but in this case, I couldn’t resist. This is by far the best paint I have ever used. Even thinned 30% it covered with one coat. Even un-thinned the brush strokes are kept to a minimum due to the excellent flow out of the paint. Thinning the paint allows me to easily apply two coats a day. Sanding between coats is a pleasure – fine dust and little to no clogging of the paper. I applied four coats, sanding lightly between each, with a final wet sanding with 1000 grit paper on the final coat. The result is a beautiful satin finish with no brush marks whatsoever. In the past, I’ve needed 7 or 8 coats to achieve the finish I’m looking for, so this paint, while a bit more expensive than most, becomes less expensive when the number of coats needed is taken into consideration.

In short, the available colors are beautiful, and the paint outperforms anything else that I’ve tried. After 35 years, my search for the ideal paint has ended and I will never use another brand on one of my instruments. Considering how much I like your product, I’m looking forward to trying your water-based versions in the near future. Congratulations to everyone at Old-Village for making such a fine product available to us.

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