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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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The easiest way to spray a professional finish! Produces a beautiful traditional nitrocellulose lacquer finish, without elaborate spray equipment.

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
3881 Clear gloss
Cannot ship by air or outside the U.S.
3 or more $10.27  

3882 Clear satin
Cannot ship by air or outside the U.S.
3 or more $10.27  

3883 Clear sanding sealer
Cannot ship by air or outside the U.S.
3 or more $10.27  

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ColorTone® Clear Aerosol Guitar Lacquer is formulated especially for musical instruments. Fast-drying and resistant to alcohol and water, it produces a hard, durable finish that enhances the beauty of the wood.

Available in convenient 13-ounce spray cans.

ColorTone® Nitrocellulose Guitar Lacquer can be applied over smooth bare wood, sanded basecoats of grain filler, ColorTone Sanding Sealer, and over ColorTone Stains. Perfect for touch-up work, or for finishing an entire instrument. The rotating-tip nozzle can spray a horizontal or vertical pattern.

Aerosol spraying is an economical way for the beginner to apply a first finish without elaborate setup or equipment. Aerosols produce a slightly rougher surface than spray guns, however, and more sanding may be needed for a level surface.

How many cans do you need?
Electric guitar neck
Solid body electric
Acoustic guitar
Archtop guitar
Banjo rim and neck
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
2 to 3 cans
3 to 4 cans
4 to 6 cans
4 to 6 cans
3 to 4 cans
2 to 3 cans
3 to 4 cans
3 to 4 cans
Number of cans needed may vary depending on how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

ColorTone Clear Satin Lacquer typically requires fewer coats. Successive thin coats should be sanded to maintain a level surface. Don't sand the final coat; the flattener in the lacquer will give a smooth satin appearance.

Application Tips: We recommend spraying multiple thin coats, in a low humidity environment. Heavy-bodied Sanding Sealer (one coat equals two coats of lacquer) will seal stained or unstained wood before the color coats or clear topcoats are applied. At least one can of Sanding Sealer and 4-6 cans of lacquer will usually finish a complete guitar.

Use warm lacquer, not cold!
Pro shops spray heated lacquer because cold lacquer spatters, requiring extra sanding. You should warm up your aerosol lacquer too, simply soak them in a sink of warm tap water.

Our ColorTone Aerosol Finishing Kit is a great choice for the first-time instrument maker. It includes our easy-to-apply clear gloss aerosol finish with the best instruction book available!

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer
ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer
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4 12-02-2010
Overall Great Lacquer

I build my own guitars, and a big part of what I do is painting them. I have used this lacquer on two different guitars so far, and they have worked well on both. The lacquer always comes out smooth, but only if you do it right. Unless you have your own painting shop/building, you will have to use it outside.
You have to spray when the humidity is below 55%, and the temperature is between fifty and eighty degrees. Spray the lacquer about 6 inches from the object and go smoothly back and forth. Light coats work best, other wise you will notice the lacquer runs, and the only way to fix that is to sand it.

The only problem I have with it is that it has such a heavy smell that you are almost forced to use it outside, or else you will stink up the whole house!

Overall great buy, especially because it's hard to find lacquer, let alone specific lacquer for guitars!

Lindsay  Hartford, CT
5 11-25-2010
No Brainer Finish

Easy to use, no spitting, great coverage, fast drying time, great product. I highly recommend it.

Mishka11  Bristol, Virginia Read my reviews (3)
1 11-23-2010

I made a rosewood Martin guitar kit 12 years ago and finished it with Clear Gloss spray Lacquer. I was very pleased with the results. This time, I figured I'd put the Clear Satin spray Lacquer on my second homemade guitar, made out of some beautiful rosewood I bought in Nepal.

I sprayed on two cans of base coat and four cans of satin finish, about 15 coats in all. I did all the spraying in my garage in the evenings, temperatures in the 70's to 80's and dry conditions. I sanded between every third coat, and before the final coat as per instructions. It seemed like I was breaking through during sanding even after multiple coats, but I blamed this on my ham-fisted sanding technique.

In the end, it came out great, at first. I only waited 3 days before putting on the tuning machines, and it the finish cracked underneath as I tightened the machines. I blamed that on my impatience. The rest of the guitar looked awesome, like a pro finish. I set it up and played it, delighted.

Now, 8 weeks later, the guitar looks like it's been treated badly for a decade. I've kept it in a humidified case and taken it out only to play, sitting around on a couch (no live gigs or abuse.) The slightest trauma leaves a ding, including dropping a credit card sideways from a height of 1 inch. Cracks have started to form in the finish the way they do on "vintage" instruments. The finish looks just like my grandma's 50 year old classical guitar, that's sat in her living room on a stand for decades.

I'm starting over and sanding all the finish off. I haven't decided what I'll do now, maybe I'll try tru-oil or a brush-on lacquer.

Maybe spray finish is best done by the pros in a booth with an airbrush. Maybe my coats were too thin and I should have sprayed on a few more cans' worth. I'm very disappointed with this outcome.

Rich Davis  Los Angeles, CA
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5 11-21-2010
Great nitro lacquer!!

Stewmacs aerosol guitar lacquer is one of the best I've used and I really like the price. The only problem I had was with the cans nozzle. I got occasional "spit" splatters from one can out of three. Otherwise I'm very happy with this product. Seems to dry faster, harder and more glossy than others I've tried.

Pat H.  Southern, NH, USA Read my reviews (4)
5 11-13-2010
Great Product

This is a great product. I have a spray gun, but I hate all the cleaning I have to do after every coat. The aerosol is quite a bit more expensive than lacquer in a can, but it more than makes up in convenience for a hobbyist.

Jimmy  Los Angeles Read my reviews (3)
5 11-12-2010
Quality standard

I have tried several different products & I find that I prefer your. It may even come from the same factory for all I know it just seems to work for me .

mike g  lebanon nh
5 11-03-2010

The aerosol lacquer worked very well, though it took a lot of cans.

Kent Edwards 
5 11-01-2010
The Only Lacquer

I've used Stewart-MacDonald Lacquer on several projects. It not only is the best protection I've used on guitar bodies and necks, but always looks GREAT! I will NOT use anything else!!!

Mark Easton  Willimantic, CT Read my reviews (6)
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5 10-30-2010
My First Guitar

I recently purchased a kit Double Neck. I purchased Color Tone, Fender Creme, and Clear Coat+Polishing compound. I was amazed at the ease of spray, and all the helpful tips that Stew-Mac gave me. For a first time my guitar turned out almost flawless.

guitarzana1  Nortonville, Ky
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5 10-29-2010
Excellent finish

This product went on very nicely and dried to a beautiful sheen. I'll be back for more of the Color Tone Guitar Lacquer products.

Greghc48  Oak Ridge, NC Read my reviews (12)
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