ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Gloss

Clear Gloss

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Satin

Clear Satin

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Sanding Sealer

Sanding Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Vinyl Sealer

Vinyl Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer White Vinyl Sealer

White 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.

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Trade Secrets!

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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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5.0

Standard finish

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great product

4.0

As advertised

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The product worked as advertised

5.0

Good stuff!

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I use an HVLP spray gun for my gloss finishes and touchup, but when I need a satin or matte finish (occasionally), I prefer these rattle cans. You can get a pretty nice finish right out of the can. You can get a better finish by placing the can in a bowl of HOT water, for about two minutes. That warms and thins the lacquer for a better flow and smoother finish.

Jeff Fortenbery
Fortenbery Guitars

5.0

Works great

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Works great

5.0

Satin

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Has an excellent spray pattern and coverage. Use sealer first and then build up with light coats. Wet and between last 2 coats.

5.0

1st try with nitro

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I recently finished a LP Jr guitar kit with colortone tv yellow and Clear nitro. This was my 1st attempt at nitro. Conditions were not favorable. it was 40-50 degrees F in my garage everyday while I was coating the guitar. I was worried that it wouldn't turn out well. I was very surprised to see this stuff went on really well, no drips, minimal orange peel. A total of 3 coats of yellow and 7 coats of clear. I only let it dry one week as it was passing the fingernail indent test at that point. I wet sanded starting at 600 going up to 2k. Then buffed it out with a wool pad then a foam pad (drill attachments). I manged to go through the finish in one spot on the back near the top horn, but I was expecting that, it's a very thing finish. Anyways the guitar is amazing looking now, flat and shiny like a mirror, im very happy with this paint.

5.0

Sprays soo Smooth!

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StewMac's the best. I warm up each can in a bowl of tap water however hot it gets, about three times. Shake well and spray a few thin coats 15min in-between until proper coverage. Let cure at least a few days until light use. Great product.

5.0

Excellent Lacquer

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I've used this on several projects and it has always been easy to use and got good results.

5.0

Super convenient

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I'm experienced enough to use high-end finishing systems available, but I choose to use these because I don't do my own finishes very much and these cans are super convenient. This is perfect for the newer luthier that doesn't want/can't afford a whole spray gun and spray booth set-up.

5.0

Beautiful finish

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I now have a beautiful lacquer finish on my new USACG neck, even taking into account I got just a little bit high while applying it.

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