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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Clear satin

Item # 3882
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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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Good product.

By Goodson Guitars from Odessa, Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 10, 2011

If you don't have a spray rig this is the way to go.

Great lacquer for the limited shop

By Aaron Hess from Baltimore, MD
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 30, 2011

I work in a small space and have to do all my spraying outdoors. The aerosol format has its disadvantages (esp. slower build & rougher texture) but you can't beat it when you don't have access to a compressor. The final results are just as good.

Saving the Gibson

By Richare from Visalia, Ca
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 18, 2011

This product worked very well. The spray was fine enough to be able to lay multiple thin layers in order to build up the lacquer.
The phone support and guidance was superb! They were patient and helpful.
I was at "wits end". This was a total amateur repair. Luthiers would not touch it because the amount of time due to so many thin build up layers. The spray lacquer worked fantastic.
In the picture I'm pointing to the area that was repaired. That lower bout corner was bare wood before I started putting down layers. I'm still polishing (by hand) but a professional luthier gave me the "thumbs up".
Thank you for all your help.

Gibson Explorer

By Billy C from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cherry stained with color tone cherry and clear coated with nitro clear.Mixed the ratio 1 ounce stain to 1 quart water then added about 1/4 more stain to the mix to darken it a little.

the best  Armor for you paint job

By Mike66 from U.S.A.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 21, 2011

I have also used this on the same Les Paul 100 project and it also works. Excellent, also soak the can in hot water to reduce spiting and spatters

Colortone Aerosol Is Excellent Stuff

By Billy C from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 15, 2011

This is excellent stuff. Heed the suggestions of placing the cans in hot water. It helps to reduce spatter and makes it spray better. Also make sure the weather is nice out. I sprayed a guitar body with this and it rained a bit the day I did it. It did not really do too badly regardless. Light even coats are better than thick heavy coats.

ColorTone Aerosols

By Ed Turner from Cashmere,WA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 17, 2011

If you have prepped correctly these products are easy to use and give an outstanding finish with unmatched durability.

Excellent quality and even better service!

By Kevin Scruggs from Charlotte, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I just completed my first guitar, finishing it with Colortone Dyes, Grain Filler, Polishing Compounds and Clear Gloss Lacquer. I was amazed at the results I was able to achieve by hand! The results speak for themselves, and I have received dozens of complements from our local Blues Jam group on the finish quality.

Easy to work with, and one can I received was a dud- no aerosol-Stew Mac replaced it immediately. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I received the replacement, and I was able to stay on schedule. I have another build in process, and you can bet I'll be using Colortone Lacquers on it as well!

works good

By sherman stockton from indiana
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Put two cans of the clear coat over a few coats of sanding sealer.Probably would have got a slicker finish with an additional two cans of the clear,kept it sitting on the baseboard heater in my shop to keep the cans nice and warm. Worked good!No splatter. This awesome finish may not last for long though. Its in regular gig rotation! Bring on the dents and dings!

Good Quality, Not For Every Job

By M. Adams from Pasadena, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 20, 2011

My experience with this lacquer after two guitars is overall very good. The lacquer seems high quality, very little spitting and it buffs out great. A few items of note from my experience, both I think are probably more a function of aerosol can's limitations than of this particular brand:

1) I agree 100% with review below, on open grained woods you will need ALOT more cans to actually complete the job, and any little pore that was filled completely right will take forever to fill up. Unless your pore filling technique is spot on perfect just be warned.

2) It takes much longer for this lacquer to harden than a normal mixed spray lacquer. I know you want to play that guitar right after its been buffed and shine, but honestly I would hang the guitar up and not touch it for about 2-3 months before handling it. I sprayed a classical guitar and my finger nail left dents in the finish. I had let it sit for 3 weeks then buffed the finish and then another two weeks. Wasn't enough time.

Anyway, still a great product if you cant do normal spraying. I am not a master builder, so still learning how to handle this stuff after each build. I will say it has also been good for spot repair work, way less mess and clean up, but again, the long time for hardening needs to be accounted for.

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