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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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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

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

Best wide, fine spray pattern I've experienced.

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Verified Buyer


Not sure why I bought the spray kit hardware. I never use it anymore. This all comes with the StewMac quick response and reliable service.

4.0

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Clear Lacquer

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I don't know if aerosol clear is ever good as far as a superior quality finish, but this stuff does the job. Create a mini paint booth, wear some sort of respiration protection, and cover stuff you don't want overspray on. Buys lots and do many, many, many medium spray coats. PAY ATTENTION TO THE HUMIDITY!!! OR EVERYTHING WILL TURN WHITE AND YOU GET TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. Don't ask me how I know that. Only use this in low humidity conditions.

5.0

ColorTone clear

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Verified Buyer


Great stuff, StewMac is the best, fast shipping.

3.0

Good lacquer, crap nozzle.

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Verified Buyer


While I’m happy with the lacquer, the nozzle is cheap and sputters. I bought 4 cans and one can of sealer and all did the same. Deft by comparison uses a good quality nozzle.

Response from StewMac


We're sorry our ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer didn't work for you as you expected. To avoid spatters, we recommend warming the lacquer prior to spraying by soaking the aerosol cans in a sink of warm water. Our friendly customer service team is always here to help at 1-800-848-2273 if you would like to address this issue further.

5.0

Great Finish In A Can

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Verified Buyer


Can't say enough about the lacquer paints from STEWMAC. Toss in a large zip bag, set it in a pitcher of 90 degree water for 10 minutes and shake well. The results are fantastic. All my projects have been for family and friends. They are amazed at the factory finish!

A little secret to those who (like me) who don't own a buffing wheel and rely on a drill and a foam buffing pad- Cut a piece of clean cotton tee shirt approx 10" square, fold it once and lay over the face of a 3" foam pad buffer. Pull the corners up, poke a small hole and hook it over the stud on the back of the foam pad. Do this to each corner. Wahlah you'll have a great buffing pad. Works best with STEWMAC polishing compound and swirl remover. One project requires 5-6 cotton pad changes. The results are as close to a factory-finish as can be achieved, without a buffing wheel station. Great for the budget-minded with minimal space and tools...like me, ha.

5.0

spray cans

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I have had really bad experiences with rattle can lacquers in the past (uneven spray, spitting and globs out of a can that starts with"B") so I was a little leery about ordering these cans. I needed to do a refinish on a broken Dobro headstock with a tobacco burst, however, and so decided to give these a try.
I am happy to report that the Stew- Mac cans worked beautifully. I could not have gotten better results if I had been laying down the lacquer with my spray gun. Very convenient for touch -up work. I will use these products again!

5.0

ColorTone Spray

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Great product line. REAL NITROCELLULOSE without plasticizers. Great stuff I only buy here now

5.0

Great for the shop, we keep it in stock

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Verified Buyer


Goes on easy and comes out with a great finish.

5.0

Excellent for quick touch-ups

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I have been using the aerosol clear, satin, & the amber color. Just as touch-ups. If I spray a whole body, or complete guitar, then I use my compressor system. Spray cans cannot compete with a good compressor and gun. But, these aerosol cans, hold lots of finish, and it's good lacquer. Do like the instructions say. Shake well, warm the can in warm water before spraying. This is good to reduce the viscosity, so that the finish will spray finer. Cold lacquer comes out in big thick drops. If you do not have the expensive spray tools, you can get a beautiful finish with this product. Just be careful and take your time, and follow Dan's instructions. This is really important ! Also when using color, like Amber. Get way back and fog it on. I've found that the colors are intense. This , actually, is good 'cause it saves you money ! Before spraying this product, observe safety precausions .
Lacquer is extremely flamable ! And poisonous when inhaled. I have the perfect spray-room.
It's out side ! Have fun JW Guitars, Nv.

5.0

Works well

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Verified Buyer


Excellent product. Once you get a feel for it this stuff is very simple to use. I sanded thru in a few spots so I had to respray an acoustic top and it turned out nearly flawless. Burns right into the old coats.
The only drawback is it's toxicity. I spray outside on a calm dry day, Don't use a cheap respirator. Not worth the risk.

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