How to create a Ludwig Thermogloss finish or similar one?

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    I have a vintage Ludwig 60's kit I will refinish but want to create the thermogloss finish, or something similar. Is it just a glossy finished shell? Is there anything else I need to do? Was that nitro or poly?

    I may have a pro woodworker do the job as my attempt would surely turn out poorly....any tips are appreciated....thank you.
     
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    No hope, Mike - it totally did - thanks! I have no spray booth or compressor. I was going to do a stained poly that matches the original Ludwig mahogany finish. It would be slightly tinted a darker red like this photo. Note the original mahogany under the finish on the right lower part. That is my intended final result. Thank you.

    Ludwig pioneer finish.jpg
     
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    This is just a couple coats of Poly over clear maple, I think it's fairly close to the right color and was pretty easy.
     
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    Blue, looks good.

    I ended up doing a stain (3 coats) with 6 coats of satin poly over the mahogany veneer......it turned out pretty close to my above original snare color, but then I scored a Jazz Fest snare wrapped in chrome and stripped it to match the kit (it's almost done!)....thanks.....
     
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    Ah I missed that you were after the mahogany color, when I was thinking of the "Ringo" kit from the link someone else posted....anyways glad it worked
     

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