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Behlen Nitrocellulose Stringed Instrument Lacquer

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Behlen Nitrocellulose Stringed Instrument Lacquer

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Behlen Nitrocellulose Stringed Instrument Lacquer

About This Item

A hard, durable finish that's less brittle and more flexible than standard furniture lacquer.

Stringed Instrument Lacquer is specifically formulated to accommodate the expansion and contraction of wooden instruments.

Stringed Instrument Lacquer finish has better resistance to cold-checking and scuffs than standard furniture lacquer. It's ready to spray with no thinning required, for faster finish build-up in multiple coats. This lacquer is designed for use on wood which has been sealed with Behlen Vinyl Sealer, or on unfinished wood.

1-quart can.

One can goes a long way! One quart will finish:
1 acoustic guitar body and neck
2 entire mandolins
2 to 3 solid guitar or bass bodies
3 to 5 electric guitar or bass necks
4 ukuleles
2 to 3 dulcimers
2 to 3 banjo rims and necks

Keep in mind there are many application variables: your spray gun adjustments, PSI used, how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

Lacquer products are flammable! They cannot be shipped outside the USA nor shipped by air within the USA. Nitrocellulose lacquer products should not be used with acrylic lacquers.

California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

Instructions

Product Instructions

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

A step-by-step flow chart of nitrocellulose finishing.

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5.0

Good stuff - gives great results

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I started out using the aerosol version of this same product. There is no comparison between that and this product in terms of result, even with a modest spray righ.

I've tried other brands of nitro lacquer, mostly when I was impatient and didn't want to wait for shipping - most notably the SW brand; I have found that the Behlen product is tougher and less likely to chip or crack when you build up a fairly thick finish. It also flows out beautifully. I live in a hot, dry area (West Texas) so I'm sometimes spraying at temperatures in the 90's in my shop. In these cases I use the Behlen retarder, which helps tremendously to get a coat that flows out nicely.

Using it with the dye and pigment stain concentrates that Stewmac sells, you can do pretty much anything you can imagine.
My only wish is that Stewmac carried it in gallon quantities.

5.0

Great Product!

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This is probably the best Nitro Lacquer that I have ever used. After completely dry, wet sand and buff brings a fantastic brilliant deep gloss. My projects look like they are dipped in plastic. Also, dries completely hard. It also resists those micro fine scratches when wiping your guitar down with polish and microfiber cloths. Awesome stuff!

5.0

Handy to have around the shop.

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I bought Behlen Lacquer for spraying banjos in my shop. I find it to be a quality product, and easy to use and gives me the shine that I want. Other Lacquers doesn't seem to work for me as this does. I would recommend this for all shops. Edgle Rose, Big Stone Gap, Virginia

5.0

Nitrocellulose

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Typical Stew Mac, great product that comes w/ very high purchase and shipping cost

5.0

Behlen Lacquer

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I began using Behlen stringed instrument several years ago nad find it to be of superior quality and lays out on guitars to produce a beautiful glossy coat of absolutely great shine. I have not considered any other product since.

5.0

very good lacquer for string instruments.

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I've used this lacquer for a long time, and I like everything about it. Thanks

5.0

Super finish results

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Given the extra care and facilities it takes to use this finish, it is well worth it. No thinning, flows nicely and builds quickly. Excellent results

5.0

Excellent Finish

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I have been using Behlen Nitro Stringed Instrument Lacquer for several years on my mandolin builds and I have found it to be an excellent product. It can be sprayed straight from the can or thinned for better flow. I highly recommend it.
Eddie Blevins
Eddie Blevins Mandolin Works

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looks good

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I refinish ,high end automobiles ,and this clear worked great on the guitar ,beautiful subtle off clear hue ,that I hope yellow's with age .

5.0

Primo ~

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One Birdseye Jaguar and a flaming Jazzmaster neck later, I wouldn't trust anything else to finish this job.
Behlen is our shop preference for premium builds. When combined w/ ColorTone pigment(s) it doesn't get any finer. Kudo's (again) to StewMac for carrying exactly what we need & shipping promptly!

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