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Rustins Plastic Coating Outfit - As used On Bryan May's Famous Handbuilt Guitar

Rustins Plastic Coating Outfit - As used On Bryan May's Famous Handbuilt Guitar


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As Used on Brian May's Famous "Red Special" Guitar

Built by Brian May and his father, Harold, when Brian was a teenager, the Red Special was made predominantly from wood salvaged from an old fireplace mantle. The Name "Red Special" came from the reddish-brown colour the guitar attained after being stained and painted with numerous layers of Rustins Plastic Coating. 

This original product is still available today

It's a bit niche, but if you're looking to create a unique finish, or maybe even a replica Red Special of your own, then the Rustins Plastic Coating Kit is a must!

Here's what Rustins has to say about it:

Two-part clear cold cure lacquer for use on wood, hardboard, cork and plastic laminates. Extremely good adhesion, resistant to heat, solvents and abrasion. Can be burnished to a mirror like gloss or rubbed down to a smooth, satin finish with steel wool and wax. An excellent finish for marquetry as it does not darken light coloured veneers and does not yellow or craze on ageing. Hard-dry within 2 hours of application. Rustins Plastic Coating conforms to The Articles in Contact with Food Regulations.

Complete outfit contents: 250ml Clear Plastic Coating, 63ml Hardener, 135ml Thinners and 63ml Burnishing Cream Covers approximately 4 sq. metres with one coat


• Two-part cold cure lacquer

• For use on wood, hardboard, cork & plastic laminates

• Fast drying

• Food safe

• Resistant to heat, solvents & abrasives

• Does not yellow or craze with age



As used on Bryan May's "Red Special"

2-part clear cold cure lacquer

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