ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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 Sanding Sealer, 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.

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?
INSTRUMENT
Electric guitar neck
Solid body electric
Acoustic guitar
Archtop guitar
Mandolin
Ukulele
Dulcimer
Banjo rim and neck
SEALER
none
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
LACQUER
2 to 3 cans
3 to 4 cans
4 to 6 cans
4 to 6 cans
3 to 4 cans
2 to 3 cans
3 to 4 cans
3 to 4 cans
Number of cans needed may vary depending on how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

ColorTone Clear Satin Lacquer 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.

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Product Instructions

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquers

Application instructions for ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquers.

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4.0

works good

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Put two cans of the clear coat over a few coats of sanding sealer.Probably would have got a slicker finish with an additional two cans of the clear,kept it sitting on the baseboard heater in my shop to keep the cans nice and warm. Worked good!No splatter. This awesome finish may not last for long though. Its in regular gig rotation! Bring on the dents and dings!

4.0

Good Quality, Not For Every Job

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My experience with this lacquer after two guitars is overall very good. The lacquer seems high quality, very little spitting and it buffs out great. A few items of note from my experience, both I think are probably more a function of aerosol can's limitations than of this particular brand:

1) I agree 100% with review below, on open grained woods you will need ALOT more cans to actually complete the job, and any little pore that was filled completely right will take forever to fill up. Unless your pore filling technique is spot on perfect just be warned.

2) It takes much longer for this lacquer to harden than a normal mixed spray lacquer. I know you want to play that guitar right after its been buffed and shine, but honestly I would hang the guitar up and not touch it for about 2-3 months before handling it. I sprayed a classical guitar and my finger nail left dents in the finish. I had let it sit for 3 weeks then buffed the finish and then another two weeks. Wasn't enough time.

Anyway, still a great product if you cant do normal spraying. I am not a master builder, so still learning how to handle this stuff after each build. I will say it has also been good for spot repair work, way less mess and clean up, but again, the long time for hardening needs to be accounted for.

5.0

Clear Gloss Nitro in a Can is a Great Product

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Warm the cans in water to about 70 degrees F as indicated. Wear a mask and don't breathe this stuff! Product works like a charm on guitar, though! Great!

5.0

Clearcoat

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Warm the can, just like the instructions. This clear dries quickly and lays out nicely for minimal sanding.

5.0

Just Follow The Instructions

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This was my first time working on a guitar finish. I followed the instructions provided and it came out perfectly.

5.0

Great Product but watch out for Fumes

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I love this stuff. It works great, buffs out nicely, and as long as you keep the can warm when spraying in cold weather, it sprays beautifully. Also, only use in low humidity or you will get blushing.


JUST PAY ATTENTION TO THE WARNING LABEL!

The fumes are dangerous and you really need to wear a good respirator mask and have plenty of ventilation while working. If you do that you will have no problems.

5.0

Awesome !!!!

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Read the directions, prepare your guitar the way it says and your guitar will look as good as new if not better. And it is so easy. I will be using it again and again....Thanks StewMac...

5.0

Items for stock

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Items for stock but they arrived very quickly and the quality looks to be fine.



Darrell

5.0

Color Tone Nitrocellulose Lacquer

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I have used this on 4 Ukuleles. It has been great extremely durable finish. And if you let it cure for at least 2 weeks it will buff out fantastic. And you will have a professional looking finish

5.0

The Best!

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Really fantastic StewMac! I purchased a Tacoma guitar with the infamous finish cancer. A great little guitar with a 20 mil+ peeling poly finish. I removed the old finish with a heat gun, and did very little sanding. I applied the StewMac lacquer in thin coats. The lacquer was very easy to apply, and dried very fast, and laid very flat. After several coats the finish looked great, so I stopped. I used less than one of the three cans I purchased. I gave the lacquer several days to cure just to be safe. I buffed the finish with rubbing compound, that is all! I got an ultra thin mirror finish as the final result.


I showed the guitar to friends that saw it with the previous finish. "Unbelievable" was the overall response. There was even talk of the guitar sounding better with the thin finish. Thanks!

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