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Restoration: Gretsch (Cadillac Green)
This the condition I recieved this guitar in. The customer wants it
restored back to Cadillac Green. I am still doing a lot of research to
find this color. I know Gretsch first used it in 1954, I have it down to
GM 3 colors. If anyone has any info I would appreciate it.
Update: I have finally found the color made a test block and matched it with a '59 Gretsch Perfect!! So I have started painting.
I have been getting a lot of questions on this color here are the most common:
If I matched this to a 50's Gretsch how do I know this is the original color? Experience I have been doing this for over 20 years and If you look at the instrument in the right places you can either find color where the clear has rubbed off or has been protected from fading. Second I knew the year Gretsch started using Cadillac Green which limits it to only a few Cadillac greens that Gretsch could have used. I prefer using the original color and age it myself that way as it wear and chips it looks correct.
Has Dupont started reissuing nitro lacquers? No the EPA has Outlawed lacquer for the auto industry you can still find small spots where you can get the old lacquer colors but as supplies run out so will they. Luckily Dupont has made their new enviro friendly paints use the same old color mixtures.