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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.

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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

Excellent lacquer

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Now my guitar have a clear shine

5.0

Good product

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These are good if you are working in small batches. The cans are reliable and well built and produce an even spray pattern. The spray goes on very thin compared to a gun. I would recommend 50% more material than what the site suggest. Warm them up as suggested too.

5.0

Pro grade finish made easy.

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I used Colortone Aerosol Lacquer (clear satin) on my latest homemade hollow body jazz guitar, and it turned out great (as usual, with Stewmac). It went on top of white lacquer and mahogony and buffed out to a rich satin white finish that went well with the gold hardware. I made this guitar to match a white mini baby grand piano that I also built to house a digital keyboard. They sound and look beautiful together. Now all I have to do is make a white acoustic bass next.

1.0

Horrible....Invest in an hvlp sprayer and compressor

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Horrible product. I'm not new to finishing guitars. I build approx 1 per month, and have been doing this for approx 6 years. My compressor broke down after just the first coat of clear. I purchased four cans of clear......followed the directions exactly...including soaking the can in warm water prior to spraying. Started off fine, but after the top, it started splattering. I cleaned the nozzle, shook it even more, and again it splattered. After allowing it to dry 12 hrs, I wet sanded with 600 grit and sprayed again....only this time I didn't heat the can (outside temp was 80 deg). Again, horrible splattering. This is a waste of time and money. Giving up and waiting for my compressor to be repaired.

5.0

Great experience great product

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Works exactly as it should. Easy application with minimal chance of runs and very little orange peel for easy buffing.

5.0

Easy to use, great result

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Stained and used the satin lacquer on a mahogany Ibanez AXS32, used the satin, really brought out the wood grains, and provided a beautiful finish. Used 8 thin coats

5.0

Great stuff!

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Neck on my cigar box guitar looks and feels awesome!

5.0

Tinted laquer

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First colored soundboard I ever had a call for, and was somewhat apprehensive as to how it might turn out. It was wasted apprehension as it turned out very nice, and most important, made a happy customer.

5.0

I'VE USED IT BEFORE, BUT HAVENT USED THE LATEST I ORDERED.. WORKS GREAT

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GREAT FINISH

5.0

Excellent looks great finish.

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Easy applying, guitar looks great great price, excellent prompt efficient service. StewMac are groovy cats!

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