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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Gloss

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Satin

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Sanding Sealer

Sanding Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Vinyl Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

About This Item

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

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 Sealers, 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.

ColorTone Sealers have a high solids content for quickly building a finish and provide excellent adhesion for lacquer topcoats. For spraying a transparent finish on new wood, we recommend Sanding Sealer as a base, followed with ColorTone lacquer.

For opaque finishes, refinishing projects, or oily woods, choose our moisture-resistant Vinyl Sealer. Create a white undercoat by using White Vinyl Sealer (important with metallic finishes).

ColorTone Sealers are flexible and compatible with many different finish types. Do not exceed more than 2 coats of sealer.

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: No sealer, 2 to 3 cans lacquer
  • Solid body electric: 1 can sealer, 3 to 4 cans lacquer
  • Acoustic or archtop guitar: 1 can sealer, 4 to 6 cans lacquer
  • Mandolin or dulcimer: 1 can sealer, 3 to 4 cans lacquer
  • Banjo rim and neck: 1 can sealer, 3 to 4 cans lacquer
  • Ukulele: 1 can sealer, 2 to 3 cans lacquer

Number of cans needed may vary depending on how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

Clear Satin 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!

California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How to spray a sunburst using aerosol cans

Erick Coleman uses tinted aerosols to recreate a vintage Strat 2-tone 'burst.

Instructions

Product Instructions

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquers

Application instructions for ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquers.

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

A step-by-step flow chart of nitrocellulose finishing.

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4.0

very good product.

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This product gives you professional results.

5.0

Color tone lacquer

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Great product. The aerosol can is easy to use for basic projects. Even after only 4 layers and before the final sanding, it has a great look and smooth feel.

4.0

Not perfect but it works

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The cans do spritz and splatter, but these little blobs melt in very well and will block sand and buff away. Nice and hard finish. Very strong smell compared to other nitro I have used. I used these before I graduated to quarts and gallons with actual spray equipment.

5.0

Good stuff

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This is quick and easy to work with.

5.0

ColorTone sealer: 1st time user ~

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Had an unfinished Alder body laying around for a while so decided to try Dan's (blue Tele) stain technique & get it done. The ColorTone sealer works fine w/ Behlen rattle-can lacquer (took 2 additional cans of lacquer than Dan recommends for pro look). We spray alotta guitars in our shop - I am very pleased w/ the results and def recommend. My apologies to the ozone, but the spraycan version works really well - its great for home & backyard finishing.
*Photo taken prior to polishing out ~

5.0

nitro

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this is great spray in a can wish i had a real sprayer and gallons to use. But as is my bodies and necks are coming out awesome i will send pics another time high end goods.

5.0

Learning how this works and still getting stunning results

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As the instructions indicate, I need to read the instructions. Then I need to practice and learn how this works, how thick the coats need to be, what makes runs happen, proper ventilation, etc.

So while, I'm not perfect and neither are the results until I get there, the finish is simply stunning. I sprayed onto unfinished, natural figured maple and the figure makes my eye's pop out! So unlike the blah-zay results you get with urethane varnish.

4.0

Lacquer gets 5 stars. Nozzles get 1 star.

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Great clear lacquer. Laid on well, coverage is excellent. I ordered 6 cans of this stuff. I tried three of the cans' nozzles before I gave up and ended up using nozzles from another supplier's clear coat that I had left over. Those nozzles spray perfectly. The Stewmac nozzles spit and come out blotchy- even after the cans have been soaked in hot water and shaken vigorously. If you want a spotty finish, use the supplied nozzles.

5.0

Nice Laquer

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Covers well and is thin coat each time. Take you time to do multiple coats. If you want to fill in small indents then it will take several coats.

5.0

My "Go To" clear gloss

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Easy to use , drys fast, beautiful finish

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 40 See ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer
on page 40 of our StewMac Digital Catalog



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