"Frosted Duco" Finish
Q. I am in the process of restoring a 1931 National "Duolian" metal-bodied guitar. These instruments were produced with what was known as a "frosted Duco" finish, which gave the instrument the appearance of being coated with frost flowers such as those that appear on a cold window in wintertime. Can anyone tell me how this finish was achieved and whether there are currently any products available that would allow me to reproduce it? This instrument was apparently stripped and sprayed with a Krylon-type paint in the early 1970's; I am trying to restore it to it's former glory.M. C. Grosswendt
- Providence, Rhode Island
Q. I posted this question as phrased below on another site last year, and have received no response, thus far. A friend of mine in California whose business partner is a metal furnishings designer, and knowledgeable in Art Deco era finishes, may provide some insight, hopefully sooner than later. Even Bob Brozman, the guru of resonators, hasn't been able to come up with an answer for this one. Good luck! Does your Duolian have a mahogany neck? What's the serial number? Mine has a mahogany neck, slotted head, and is loud as it can be, with a clear, percussive, bell-like tone. Serial number C 3796. Early thirties, I think, but not sure what specific year. 1930-31?
Anybody out there know of a guitar painter who can shoot the light green frosted duco finish that was standard on the early Duolians? I've got one with the original finish intact on the back, but completely removed on the front and sides.
Thanks, IceboyJoel Foy
- Seattle, Washington
A. National Resophonic Guitars is able to reproduce the Duco Frost Finish. Check out the Reso Rocket prototype at Elderly Instruments. They would probably custom finish your guitar.Cary W. Boyd
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
A. This is encouraging. I'd love to have the Frosted Duco finish restored to the top and sides of my Duolian, both for protection and looks. I'll try the Elderly site. Thanks.
- Dallas, Texas