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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3 or more $11.11

Clear satin

Item # 3882
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3 or more $11.11

Clear sanding sealer

Item # 3883
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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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Nitro's the key....

By Hostager Luthier from Eau Claire, WI
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 01, 2010

To a high quality guitar finish that allows your instruments to sing with the inherent tonal qualities of their woods! Don't mute your woods with sound-deadening poly finishes.... Nitrocellulose lacquer in a can from StewMac is the answer.

Great Stuff

By Alan Cargile (36yrs Exp.) from Birmingham, Alabama
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 27, 2010

I just finished repairing a cracked finish spot where I accidently dropped my all time favorite guitar, a Carvin CS6. I almost passed out! It was on the edge and chipped to the wood. This laquer worked perfectly for my needs. Very good stuff to have around. I'll be getting the colored versions soon. I'm sending a pic and you can hardly see it. Look at the bottom right edge of the instrument.


By Telemark from So. California
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 16, 2010

My first time finishing a guitar. Even though I have spray equipment, I thought I would give this a try. It worked well. I used clear satin on a Tele body I bought on eBAY. The finished came out great. I finished sanding the body with 2000 grit sandpaper. It's as smooth as glass!

Good Stuff!

By Ace Pepper from San Marcos, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 14, 2010

I've used this to do a couple Strat necks. Sprays well, flows out nicely. Works well with tints. Dries to a nice hard finish that sands and polishes very well. Holds up very well to playing wear and feels good in the hand, not sticky like some vintage finishes. Good Stuff!

Spray can Paint?

By Big Jon from Tennessee
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 13, 2010

I was sceptical of how it would turn off but it looks great. Be sure to warm the can first. I used the lacquer outside 95 was the temp. Be sure to let completly dry before you bring it inside, temp changes while drying can cause finish to turn white.

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By Eagleguitar from Nashville, Tennessee
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 09, 2010

I have to say that this product is by in large one of the most useful tools I own in my shop. I run a small repair facility that is not large enough for a full-size spray booth, but Colortone lacquer is perfect for my needs and gives a professional result everytime! I recommend it highly!

quality lacquer

By mmbassballs from CA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 24, 2010

These aerosol guitar lacquers are great for beginners and produce unbelievable results. Great product stewmac!

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