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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!

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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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glossy finish with lacquer

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great stuff, love it. Gave about 10 coats, sanded from 220 to 400grit between coats, then let dry for a few weeks. It is best to sand from 1000 then to 3000 grit and buff as well by hand. Don't use a wheel; probably will leave burn marks like I did so that's why I would advise to do it by hand, came out really good this way

4.0

Clear Gloss Nitro Laquer

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Put it in hot water, give it a good shake, (I like to warm for a minute more after shaking) and shoot. Very good for a rattlecan!

5.0

Easy

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First time using lacquer. Patience, Patience, Patience! Make sure you have the cans warmed up. Start and end the spray stroke OFF the guitar. Use some kind of mask. I have applied 5 coats. It took about 3 to finally start building a solid shine. Spray vertical then horizontal strokes for 1 full coat. Here is 2 build coats with 5 shine coats. 5 more to go then the week wait for it to totally gas out.

4.0

A second chance for the can

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I reviewed the spray lacquer today and decided to give it another try since I own a bit. Now, after clearing the nozzles, reheating, test spraying and clearing again, I am having better results. I have yet to totally finish, but I am happier this afternoon. So, I will raise the rating and if it all comes out well, maybe add an additional star with the caveat that a bit more instructions would help those unfamiliar with spray can lacquer.

5.0

color tone

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great product, had minor issues with spitting droplets, one out of 7 total cans used, replacement can shipped asap

5.0

Superior Finishes

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If you don't have the room or the customer base to support expensive, bulky compressors and spray guns Professional finishes can be achieved with Color Tone aerosol rattle cans.

5.0

repair friendly

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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.

5.0

Easy to use nitrocellulose spray can lacquer 

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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...

5.0

Easy to use great looking finish

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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.

5.0

Nice 'n Easy

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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.

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