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Looking to refurb a few things on my boat especially the tiller. My wife is insane about the way things look so I was thinking something a bit modern looking. Like piano wood in certain places. Like the tiller and other things. Anyone ever do that? Pics? Mt wife's range rover has piano wood instead of the standard wood and age bought the more expensive one JUST for the shiny black stuff lol.

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I'm pretty sure that "piano wood" is simply wood with some sort of black polyurethane finish on it. You might just be able to refinish your existing wood, though I question why. I think your wife might be a closet powerboater.

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Lol. I would just refinish my existing wood. My question is has anyone done something like that with darker or even black wood. If so I'd like to are before I pull wood and have it refinished only to hate it. Lol.

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Looking to refurb a few things on my boat especially the tiller. My wife is insane about the way things look so I was thinking something a bit modern looking. Like piano wood in certain places. Like the tiller and other things. Anyone ever do that? Pics? Mt wife's range rover has piano wood instead of the standard wood and age bought the more expensive one JUST for the shiny black stuff lol.
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Gaboon Ebony (that black piano wood) could be used, but it's gonna cost you a dinghy full of boat bucks.

I wonder if stripping and staining might be a quicker/less expensive/just as eye-candy-producing option.

Google "ebony stain" or "ebonizing wood" to see the options.

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Older good pianos are usually made of Mahogany

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When my son and I restored my 1934 Chickering grand, it was black/brown.. it's now a nice red mahogany,

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Best finish for wood on the exterior of a sailboat is white paint.
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Ronan Paints-sign paint,fluorescent paints,clear coatings,decorative paints,japan color,graphic paints,faux finish,metallic paint,scenic paints
You can also stain the wood black if you are really certifiable.

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If you're talking about that "deep black sheen" type finish, above poster was right; it's a black polyurethane paint. Why not find a Mahogany blank, cut a new one-piece tiller and then paint it that color. That whay, you have a back-up tiller and the wife's happy with the color. Nothing wrong with color coordinating. It's your boat, do as you please.
Now, if you really want something strong, then Ebony is a very hard wood, but like someone's already said, very, very expensive.
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