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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

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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 and provide excellent adhesion for lacquer topcoats. For opaque finishes, refinishing projects or oily woods, choose the moisture-resistant Vinyl Sealer for the basecoats. For spraying a transparent finish, we recommend Sanding Sealer as a base, followed with ColorTone lacquer.

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!

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Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

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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

Satin Lacquer

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It works great and always has the many times I have used it. I have refinished a Mandolin in the past and now coating some Tubes for a Las Vegas Show.

5.0

Goes on easy

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Very thin so expect to apply many coats. Let dry between coats or it will run on you. And be careful - lacquer is bigly flammable. Soaked rags may self combust.

4.0

Works good

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Decent sanding sealer. I only wish it had a directional tip.

5.0

excellent lacquer

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very good lacquer, professional grade

5.0

Satin clear lacquer

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It works great.
And is both clear and satin.

5.0

Amazing

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Sprayed 18 coats. Dry for one week and color sanded and polished to absolute mirror shine. So impressed.

4.0

Vinyl sealer

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I used the vinyl sealer for the first time and liked it. Very easy to use and I'm sure I'll use more of it.

5.0

Does a great job at a fraction of the price of other sellers. 

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Like the title says, this nitro clear coat does a fantastic job, and at a much lower cost than what you can find from other providers. I will certainly use this product again.

4.0

nice finish, a little pricy

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I like the results but thought the product was a little pricy. I think I'll try a brush on finish next time, had to wet sand anyway....

5.0

Great finish

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I'm a wood turner and read about this finish. I am very happy with results. It goes on easy and does not run. I applied with the lathe running at about 250RPM. I think I have found my new go to finish.

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