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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear gloss

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear satin

Clear satin

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear sanding sealer

Clear 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 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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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

No Brainer Finish

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Easy to use, no spitting, great coverage, fast drying time, great product. I highly recommend it.

1.0

Heartbroken

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I made a rosewood Martin guitar kit 12 years ago and finished it with Clear Gloss spray Lacquer. I was very pleased with the results. This time, I figured I'd put the Clear Satin spray Lacquer on my second homemade guitar, made out of some beautiful rosewood I bought in Nepal.



I sprayed on two cans of base coat and four cans of satin finish, about 15 coats in all. I did all the spraying in my garage in the evenings, temperatures in the 70's to 80's and dry conditions. I sanded between every third coat, and before the final coat as per instructions. It seemed like I was breaking through during sanding even after multiple coats, but I blamed this on my ham-fisted sanding technique.



In the end, it came out great, at first. I only waited 3 days before putting on the tuning machines, and it the finish cracked underneath as I tightened the machines. I blamed that on my impatience. The rest of the guitar looked awesome, like a pro finish. I set it up and played it, delighted.



Now, 8 weeks later, the guitar looks like it's been treated badly for a decade. I've kept it in a humidified case and taken it out only to play, sitting around on a couch (no live gigs or abuse.) The slightest trauma leaves a ding, including dropping a credit card sideways from a height of 1 inch. Cracks have started to form in the finish the way they do on "vintage" instruments. The finish looks just like my grandma's 50 year old classical guitar, that's sat in her living room on a stand for decades.



I'm starting over and sanding all the finish off. I haven't decided what I'll do now, maybe I'll try tru-oil or a brush-on lacquer.



Maybe spray finish is best done by the pros in a booth with an airbrush. Maybe my coats were too thin and I should have sprayed on a few more cans' worth. I'm very disappointed with this outcome.

5.0

Great nitro lacquer!!

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Stewmacs aerosol guitar lacquer is one of the best I've used and I really like the price. The only problem I had was with the cans nozzle. I got occasional "spit" splatters from one can out of three. Otherwise I'm very happy with this product. Seems to dry faster, harder and more glossy than others I've tried.

5.0

Great Product

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This is a great product. I have a spray gun, but I hate all the cleaning I have to do after every coat. The aerosol is quite a bit more expensive than lacquer in a can, but it more than makes up in convenience for a hobbyist.

5.0

Quality standard

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I have tried several different products & I find that I prefer your. It may even come from the same factory for all I know it just seems to work for me .

5.0

Lacquer

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The aerosol lacquer worked very well, though it took a lot of cans.

5.0

The Only Lacquer

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I've used Stewart-MacDonald Lacquer on several projects. It not only is the best protection I've used on guitar bodies and necks, but always looks GREAT! I will NOT use anything else!!!

5.0

Excellent finish

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This product went on very nicely and dried to a beautiful sheen. I'll be back for more of the Color Tone Guitar Lacquer products.

2.0

looks great at first

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I love everything i have bought from stewmac but this. When i saw it i was like finally, i have been building painting and designing guitars for the last 6 years and i thought this was a god sent, but I was wrong.


I have used it on 2 guitars that after 1 year to the date began developing crack's in the clear coat. Kind of like what you would see in an Old Antique garage kept guitar or furniture. The cracks are in the clear coat they are not in the paint and they seemingly cracked out over night. For awhile i thought it was me and something i was doing (letting it dry in the spray area, not allowing enough dry time between coats)but it happened again on my latest one. It was only getting clear coated at that time the guitar wasn't even finished and the very same cracks were starting. Good thing for me i had only started on the neck and was able to start it over.


I think i would have freaked and swore off stewmac had i finished this one and had the same results.

5.0

Your go-to lacquer

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Having tried different products over the last decade, I remember what I liked about the ColorTone clear. It cures thin (which is good), hard and gives a great shine in the end. But I agree it's too bad the nozzle doesn't match the quality of the contents.

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