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.


Product Instructions

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

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

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Super finish results

(Customer's Reviews)

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


Excellent Finish

(Customer's Reviews)

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


looks good

(Customer's Reviews)

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 .

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