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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repair friendly

By Danny R. from West Central Illinois
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I use only water-base finishing but had a repair to do that required nitro. This product is very convenient for this type of repair and worked well.

Easy to use nitrocellulose spray can lacquer 

By M. Barlow from Prairie Village, KS
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 24, 2014

When I purchased and acquired the Stewmac nitro clear gloss spray cans, they were easier to use than I thought. Just follow the instructions in any Stewmac literature and you won't have any problems at all with it all. Whether spraying and building up single coats and suggested double coats, it is easy to use and turns out with a good coverage. At first I was afraid that it would be hard to scuff out the orange rind texture buildup, but with the multiple grits of sandpaper to apply to it, it was not a problem at all. Hence that is another new story to come up...

Easy to use great looking finish

By Robert1986 from Kalispell, Montana
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 09, 2014

First time I've ever used a lacquer finish. Very easy to use, not a lot of sanding between coats like with Polyurethane finish. Drys in a couple of hours and then is ready for another coat. It polished up great and had a wonderful feel to it when all was said and done.

Nice 'n Easy

By Guitarjoe1 from Hollywood, Los Angeles
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 02, 2014

I recently had a Stratocaster maple neck & fingerboard made to my specifications. I gave it a dark tint & used the Nitrocellulose lacquer from Stewmac for a shiny gloss finish. I followed the instructions and everything turned out just fine. For the final shine I just used some polish. I plan on trying the same lacquer on a guitar body on my next project.

Excellent product for the price...

By Greg G. from Coldwater, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Easy to use, and high quality finish, but nozzles work much better if the can is kept warm...

StewMac Lacquer

By Spot's Dad from Kentucky
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 01, 2013

Certainly a refinish project is a labor of love. You may be a month or more on your refinish project. Every Flaw, scratch and blemish should be sanded smooth and as near perfect as you can get it. This guitar was a beat-up squire affinity body, and it required a lot of sanding. I installed the binding during the sanding process. But finishing with Stew Mac Lacquer, the project was pretty simple. Warm the can in hot water before use. Use a Tack Rag just seconds before spraying on your first coat of lacquer, and then, spray on a thin coat of lacquer every two hours, until you have 6 coats. Personally, I use a "Cake Boss" turn-table/lazy Susan and spray one side of the guitar at a time. You'll have less chance of runs as opposed to hanging the guitar vertically, on a wire, and trying to do both sides at once. Don't get in a hurry, and Inspect your work, every step of the way. As you can see, I had a nice high gloss finish when it was done, and I have not buffed or polished it yet. But I do have to stress that the success of your project depends on how well the guitar body looks BEFORE applying your finish. I used Stew Mac Finishing Papers and finishing supplies, (contact their tech support if you have any questions about your project), and you'll have a project that you'll be proud to own, that will simply amaze your friends. People look at this guitar, and look back at me and say "Ain't No Way"... "Yep, - just me and StewMac!"

StewMac is the BEST!

By irontrain from Crest Hill
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I had a problem with the ColorTone clear lacquer I had ordered. After a quick call to StewMac they said they would send out 3 new cans. NO CHARGE. The new cans worked great and so does the guitar I made. Thank you StewMac.

Good Product

By Q-Ball from PA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I have used all three of the ColorTone lacquer products on multiple projects. I feel the bang-for-the-buck quotient is very high. I really like the new directional spray nozzle. My only 2 complaints are I wish the clear gloss had more solids and less thinner for a slightly quicker build; And the label needs to be easier to remove before (or after) warming the cans in water.

Cherry Sunburst

By rojaji from Canyon Lake Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Really easy sunburst system! I only wish there was more in each can (-: Great product and easy to use. As a first time user, I am very pleased with the results from this aerosol paint!

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

By Joe Brunetti from Cleveland,Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I was NOT wanting to write a negative review about this product, but unfortunately I have to. This product has proven to be inconsistent from lot to lot. I've been building and repairing guitars for nearly 40 years. I do have pro spray equipment as well. But from time to time the paint booth is being used and another solution is needed when it comes to some small touch up work. But in the case of this product it has usually sprayed 'gray' right out of the can requiring me to sand off and re-prep my project. My shop is air conditioned with VERY low humidity as well. I've ALWAYS followed the product's instructions to the letter as well, but most of the time it's the same result. Other products don't do this and I'm positive that the problem lies with colortone here. Over the years, I've never needed blush eraser when spraying since I've always sprayed VERY light coats. Oh and other Colortone aerosol products like the Black have given me similar results. Sorry Colortone, but I just wanted to warn everyone about this. So I'll sand off the gray, Re-prep it, then it's back to my paint booth.

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