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1962 Gibson SG Les Paul Turned Red turned to a Brown Red

 
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Norman Moren



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:26 am    Post subject: 1962 Gibson SG Les Paul Turned Red turned to a Brown Red Reply with quote

My 1962 Gibson Les Paul Was originally Red
If you remove the pick guard and control cavity cover
You can see the Original Bright Red
I guess the Clear Lacquer has naturally browned
Is there anyway to bring back the vibrant Red
By removing the original Clear If so
What is the Best way and method Used?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is there anyway to bring back the vibrant Red
By removing the original Clear

Nope.

It's not just the clear, it's the red dye that has changed color. The only way to restore the original cherry red is a refinish, which I do not recommend on an otherwise perfectly good vintage instrument.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:35 am    Post subject: Re: 1962 Gibson SG Les Paul Turned Red turned to a Brown Red Reply with quote

Norman Moren wrote:
My 1962 Gibson Les Paul Was originally Red
If you remove the pick guard and control cavity cover
You can see the Original Bright Red
I guess the Clear Lacquer has naturally browned
Is there anyway to bring back the vibrant Red
By removing the original Clear If so
What is the Best way and method Used?


First of all, Clear nitro turns amber with age, not brown.
Also, it's the analine red dye that turned brown.
Nothing you can do about that except refinish which you don't want to do.
Would you want to refinish your 59 burst because the red faded ?

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