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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Clear gloss

Item # 3881
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3 or more $11.11

Clear satin

Item # 3882
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3 or more $11.11

Clear sanding sealer

Item # 3883
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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 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

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Rattle can lacquer

By Bob Ellis from Wilmington,NC USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 03, 2011

The very best clear lacquer that is available in spray can.

Great Finish

By Ron Snell from Dundee, Michigan
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This stuff is pro grade. with a little time and elbow grease, you'll have a professional shine


By Jerhico Guitars from Altona, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Follow their directions in the free information or the trade secrets and you'll be paintin like an ace. Everything seems good so far. Yet to find out about the durability.

Paint is great,if you get the right can

By stratman56 from elizabethton TN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 21, 2011

I have been buying paint for years but not all cans are good ,I get cans that are thinned down and splatter all over the guitar ,and then what a mess. Sand down and then start all over again with another can.

Great Stuff

By Manny Pavone from Newtown, CT
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 20, 2011

This is the way to go if you are only doing a couple of guitars or don't have spray equipment. I like the adjustable nozzle and the nice quality finish you can get for low dollar. Stew mac you have a winner!!!!!

Consistent Results

By SirGus from Bedford, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I'm an amateur craftsman, but do own many high end guitars. This product is very easy to use, produces a consistent result that looks professional. It works best when warm, and it took several cans to get a showroom finish, but I love it!

Great Product!!!!

By MuzicMaKen from Franklin Furnace, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I was using Clear Nitrocellulose from ReRanch. One day I was in a bind and a friend told me about Stew Mac so I ordered some from them (got it the next day). Compared to ReRanches Clear, Stews was almost instantly glossy. I wish Stew would offer Nitro Colors in Aresol cans like ReRanch I'd be buying the paint from them as well...

Smooth as silk

By JJuk from Fullerton, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 07, 2011

This is a great product. Soak it in warm water before use and it comes out smooth as silk... no spatter.


By Bumble from Atlanta,Ga.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 21, 2011

I have painted professionally and was delighted at the quality in a aerosol can

Excellent product - Easy to use

By Alan Morrison - AM Guitar Works from Davenport, IA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I've used ColorTone Aerosol on lots of guitars with superior results.

The Les Paul Deluxe in the picture had been stripped and "refinished" by the previous owner :-( It had a long crack that ran between the lower volume and tone control. After sanding the body and filling and sealing the crack, the customer and I decided to go with a tobacco burst to help hide the crack.

The burst was done with Colortone Tobacco Brown tinted lacquer. The clear is Colortone Clear Gloss.

The owner was very pleased with the finish.

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