ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Gloss

Clear Gloss

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Satin

Clear Satin

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Sanding Sealer

Sanding Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Vinyl Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer White Vinyl Sealer

White Vinyl 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 for quickly building a finish and provide excellent adhesion for lacquer topcoats. For spraying a transparent finish on new wood, we recommend Sanding Sealer as a base, followed with ColorTone lacquer.

For opaque finishes, refinishing projects, or oily woods, choose our moisture-resistant Vinyl Sealer. Create a white undercoat by using White Vinyl Sealer (important with metallic finishes).

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 2-tone 'burst.

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

Super convenient

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Verified Buyer


I'm experienced enough to use high-end finishing systems available, but I choose to use these because I don't do my own finishes very much and these cans are super convenient. This is perfect for the newer luthier that doesn't want/can't afford a whole spray gun and spray booth set-up.

5.0

Beautiful finish

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Verified Buyer


I now have a beautiful lacquer finish on my new USACG neck, even taking into account I got just a little bit high while applying it.

5.0

Great Stuff!

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Verified Buyer


Excellent product. Wonderful finish.

5.0

Martin owners would cringe but...

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3 yrs ago I bought my dream guitar, a Martin D35 and about the same time I bought a new denim shirt and guess what happened.... there was blue ink into my finish. For two years I researced and tried everything I could to remove it, it made me sick to look at it.

Looking at the cost to send it to Martin, about $900 to $1000 to redo the top I got an idea, a crazy one and went for it. I carefully sanded it down and the wood look clean as the day I bought it and sprayed 13 perfect coats of this stuff and waited two weeks, followed it up with the 1000-2000 fine sandpapers and buffed and polish to a glasslike finish.

Its not exactly as new but I would say its 95% there, the only issue is an extremely light area where I sanded. I dont care, itll get darker in time anyway. I want to play this thing and I want it to be used and worn looking by the time Im ready to leave the planet.

I have some pics below of the process, I didnt photograph the blue ink, it made me too sick to look at. What you see here is the sanded down section, the “orange peel” texture of the 13 thin coats and then the final polishing the end.

I have some experince polishing silver jewelry I make, so I though if I could make it to the polishing stage that Id be ok.

I took a risk, but I dont care about the resale value, I just want it looking good and I am so damn happy right now with the results I got I cant contain myself. Thanks to all the little youtube clips on how to applly and sand and polish. it really helped me. Now Im going to go back to playing my Martin and and let it age gracelfully because Im back to one beautiful shiny glasslike finish.

**Unfortunately the site only lets you upload one pic, I wanted to show the process, I thought it might help someone. Sorry about that. Anyway the one pic attached shows the glare over the area that was once a blue blotch of denim ink.

Regards,
Joseph Sheehan

5.0

Amazing results

By

Verified Buyer


Easy to use for the amateur or the professional with professional results every time.

5.0

Renew banjo finish

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Verified Buyer


Great product works even better than advertised. Really good and easy to work with

5.0

Color tone spray

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Verified Buyer


I’m not good at woodworking but with spray makes the job very easy. Very good product and very easy to use. GREAT stuff

5.0

Worth it

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Verified Buyer


Definitely worth the money to do it the right way

5.0

a must have on hand

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great undercoat and filler, levels out nice too

5.0

great laquer

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Verified Buyer


I used this on a tele build, it goes a long long way, the pic is tele first stained with a bit of StewMacs colortone, black and then cherry red, finished with their laquer and wet saned and buffed

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