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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

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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 and provide excellent adhesion for lacquer topcoats. For opaque finishes, refinishing projects or oily woods, choose the moisture-resistant Vinyl Sealer for the basecoats. For spraying a transparent finish, we recommend Sanding Sealer as a base, followed with ColorTone lacquer.

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 3-tone 'burst.

Instructions

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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

Handy stuff.

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This is ideal for necks, & other smaller jobs. I love the satin for the back of necks on electrics. I like it for that final touch after the gloss has dried. A sweaty hand doesn't stick to satin like it does to gloss.

5.0

Colortone vs. Behlen Spray can Nitrocellulose

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I recently purchased several cans of Colortone Nitro for a DIY Strat project. They shipped quickly, and had easy to follow instructions and tips for first time users. I ran out, and while waiting for more to arrive from Stewmac, I made the mistake of purchasing a few cans of Behlen from a local woodworking shop. Not only did Behlen cost $6.00 more per can , but every one spit out globs of tacky half dried nitro onto my guitar body. I troubleshot every can, tipped upside down and used thinner to clear the tip, etc etc but the problem persisted with every single can I used. I had to wait and sand off these globs in order to recoat evenly. I have not used the quart sized Behlen, only spray cans.

This problem did not exist with any of the 11 Colortone cans I used. Colortone also coated more evenly and with a wider spray range.

I am new at finishing guitars, but I did a ton of research before I started, and just hoped this review would be helpful to someone else in a similar situation. Order enough cans of Colortone Nitro, and maybe even a few extra...and you will not be disappointed.

Still working on this project, but will post photos when finished here....

4.0

Works Quite Well

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The dark colors were particularly easy to apply, and looked impressive immediately. The clear coats looked really good after several coats..

I ended up having to re-do the entire back of a body when I put it in the sun some 3 or 4 hours after I'd sprayed on the next-to-last clear coat (thinking it would dry faster), and big bubbles developed all over the back. Well, it looked dry, so I thought how could it hurt it? . . .. (I also found out that this stuff is really hard to get off!)

I put the cans in hot water before spraying. (They don't stay hot particularly long.) I think that helps with the clear coat, but the dark colors seemed to go on smooth whether cool or hot.

The only drawbacks are first, that the clear nozzles occasionally spattered. But I replaced the bad nozzles with one from an empty can and it sprayed just fine then. (All colors tended to spatter when they're almost empty.)

Second, the cost is a little more than I'd like to pay, when you include shipping. But you can't get nitro in California except by ordering out-of-state.

Overall a good product.

4.0

Convenient!

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About as good as you'll get out of a rattle can. I really liked the feel of the final product.

5.0

Quick and easy. 

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Great for smaller jobs when you don't feel like hooking up the compressor and spray gun. Flows on nice and smooth and polishes up nicely.

1.0

Great, except for the tips (splatter!)

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Sprayed first time got lots of splatter. Contacted support, they said warm cans. Sprayed again, still got splatter (lots of trial and error here trying to warm it properly, trying different cans, using tips from different cans, cleaning tips, etc! ...followed by a fair bit of sanding each time to get rid of splatters -- one note, spraying coat(s) after getting splatter reduces the effort to clean up splatter a bit). Purchased another quality brand -- no splatter at all. But, that brand seemed to make imperfections more prominent. Put a different tip (from the other brand) on the stewmac ColorTone, and got no splatter! (didn't have to warm cans -- temperature was warm enough -- but I did clean the tip between uses). The Stewmac ColorTone lacquer is really nice, highly recommended (and I would definitely buy it again). But, you'd have to get pretty lucky to get good results with the tips that come with these cans.

5.0

Good stuff - 

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For sanding sealer it should go on easy, build up quickly, and sand flat just as easy. This stuff did just that. Will buy and use again.

5.0

Wow, all this in a can?!!

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1 can - 14 coats for a first timer Satin finish job. Came out outstanding. Followed directions and it was as advertised. No issues, no clogging, great product!! Can't believe all this in a can, recommend.

3.0

Hard to get smooth

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The Colortone clear lacquer took some real practice to get right. You have to use a lot of product to get a deep clear finish but if you get it right it will look beautiful. Some can nozzles caused spitting even though i kept the cans in warm water so I had to find a nozzle that didn't spit so much and use it on each can. When it did spit near the end of the can, fixing the spot was a real pain. Also, the price of the product was a little high compared to what I could find in my local hardware store for a comparable product. Plus if I only needed a single can, shipping cost made the total prohibitive. Overall though I am happy with the final outcome of the projects I used it on.

5.0

Great product

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The Colortone aerosols work great. I have used the red cherry, the amber, and the red mahogany with excellent results. I have used them as solid colors and as sunburst applications and they look terrific. I experienced no running or drips when used per the directions. The color finish took on the clear coat well and sanded out nicely. I would highly recommend them and plan to use it again on future products.

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