Preparation is the most important part of refinishing, especially piano refinishing. After stripping (varnish removing), much time and care is needed to produce a perfectly flat, flawless piece of wood, ready to accept lacquer. Any loose or missing veneer needs to be reglued or replaced and all dents and imperfections must be filled. After smooth sanding, pore filler is applied and left to dry several days after which time the parts are sanded again. Staining is next and at Ford Piano every piano is custom stained.