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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

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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Verified Buyer


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

5.0

Great customer service!

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Verified Buyer


Another smooth transaction with one of the best!

1.0

Satin finish spatters

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Verified Buyer


I bought a second can hoping to clean up the spatters. First time, I didn't notice the instructions to heat the can and it was a mess. Had to sand it all back off and start over. Second time, I heated and got the back and sides finished with only a few issues. Went to spray the front and the spatters were horrible even after heating the can in a sink of hot water. Not sure if the tip was the problem but it really is frustrating! I love StewMac stuff but this has been a nightmare, especially since I'm doing a black finish on a guitar and any sand throughs are tough to fix. Think I'll stick to the tried and true and stay away from rattle cans from now on :(

Response from StewMac


Hi Warren,
We're sorry our Clear Satin ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer didn't work for you as you expected. If you are not satisfied you may return it for a refund or exchange. Our friendly customer service team is always here to help at 1-800-848-2273 if you would like to address this issue further. We look forward to helping you with this.

5.0

Good to have!

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Verified Buyer


I've been using these lacquers for a long time. It's always good to have them on hand for those touch up jobs that come along.

5.0

Very convenient

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Verified Buyer


Most of my work is repair and occasionally new builds. Since finishing is such a small part of my work, I prefer not to buy a spray rig at this time. The spray cans are convenient and while they are more expensive, it’s a trade off I’m willing to make for now. If you’re like me and only finish occasionally then this is the way to go. Save shop space for other things you use more frequently.

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.

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