ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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The easiest way to spray a professional finish! Produces a beautiful traditional nitrocellulose lacquer finish, without elaborate spray equipment.

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Clear gloss

Item # 3881
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Clear satin

Item # 3882
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3 or more $10.28

Clear sanding sealer

Item # 3883
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Product Details

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?
Electric guitar neck
Solid body electric
Acoustic guitar
Archtop guitar
Banjo rim and neck
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
1 can
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!

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer

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Just Follow The Instructions

By WayneB from Lutherville,MD
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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

Great Product but watch out for Fumes

By Epidrake from NY,NY
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 04, 2011

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.


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.

Awesome !!!!

By ForgivinPicker from Drumright, Okla.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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...

Items for stock

By Darrell Cramer from Marysville, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 29, 2011

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


Color Tone Nitrocellulose Lacquer

By Perry from Cottage Grove Or.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 22, 2011

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

The Best!

By Ray"n"Spunk from Fortuna, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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!

Aerosol Nitro

By Wesmont from Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I got outstanding results on an after maket Tele neck using Colortone Clear Aerosol Guitar laquer. I shot the neck 3 times a day, waiting 2 hours between coats,for a few days. Each day before spraying, I would sand the previous days work lightly with 400 grit paper. The back of the neck ended up with 12-15 coats, and the headstock got maybe twice that because i was trying to cover a decal to make it look original ( I would never sell it as a Fender, this was purely for me!!).

I did not wet sand and buff the neck, but left it with a semi-flat finish. It looks and feels absolutely awesome!!! Everyone who has touched it loves it, and I am gonna get some work out of this for sure. I think I have one order already!!!

Top Notch Nitro!

By Ash from Overland Park, KANSAS
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 17, 2011

Great spraying can. Goes on even and smooth and looks great!

Poor choice for way open grained wood

By 4suremann from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 12, 2011

First of all I've used this to paint maple necks with good results since 1996.

That said, I was anticipating no worries when I went to use it on a mahogany body and a korina body.

This is not a good choice for open grained woods. Despite grain filling 4 times and sanding off 2 coats of sand sealer and 4 coats of nitro, then 4 coats of sand sealer (per Stew Mac via email)and 11 coats of lacquer I still had lots of pits after level sanding.

I then sprayed nitro into a glass jar, let it evaporate for 4 hours then drop filled all the low spots and level sanded: 3 times.

Judging from the halos that kept showing after drop fills I suspect the paint is formulated with a flash solvent which flashes into any lows in an aggressive way.

Once level, I sprayed another 4 coats of lacquer, level sanded 2 days later, and will wet sand 800, 1200, 1500 and buff in 2 weeks time.

This process took me 6 months, but the maple necks finished with same nitro came out good in only 30 days.

I advise not to use the aerosol nitro on open grained woods, way too time consuming and labor intensive, highly reccomended for tight grain woods such as maple.

Good with a few setbacks.

By james147 from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Bought 1 can of sealer and 4 cans of clear gloss for a guitar I built. The sealer went on very well with just one spit because of the cold on the cans (in southern new york where i live its around 35 degrees). However, after sanding I sprayed 4 coats of clear gloss, and it goes on pretty good. It spits a ton though. After I was finished with the coat I had lacquer running down my glove and it spit a good 4 or 5 times on the instrument. I mean its not difficult to remove a spit but its annoying when that happens.

But, the photo to your right shows that it makes a great finish (it'll get glossier when i buff it)

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