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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Gloss

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Clear Satin

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Sanding Sealer

Sanding Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer Vinyl Sealer

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ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer 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

satin doll great working finish

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the best finish for a giging guitar / high gloss buffed surfaces invite damage / check out my latest workin musicians jazz parlor

5.0

Yes !

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The spray pattern is good and the finish goes on well.
Perhaps not as "wet" as my own mix but certainly adequate for small projects and quick over spray work.
A time saver and favorite for years and years , before the internet even !

5.0

best price for nitro i've seen !

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My projects look great, thanks StewMac !!

5.0

One can at a time

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It's all I use. What could be simpler? Until I can get my workshop in order, with these cans there is no cleanup issues.

5.0

Shake, Shake, Shake, then spray, then Shake again.

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Great product, perfect color match on Restoration Guitars.

5.0

Just what I needed...

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AWESOME PRODUCT

5.0

What? Gloss Lacquer in a Rattle can, Yep!

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Verified Buyer


While getting a spray system set up again I have sprayed 2 new guitar builds with the Colortone spray lacquer Aerosols. First, I need to say that the StewMac extra black spray nozzles are absolutely required. I had a StewMac tech tell me they are now included, but the last five cans did not have them, ask for them. I had spitting and not good spray pattern results until I changed to these black nozzles.. Since then I have had very nice results using the rattle cans. I have found that the lacquer is not as hard and durable as I would have expected but still a very nice finish. Can't be beat as an alternative and won't degrade my review only by my opinion.

5.0

lacquer

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great item to use.

4.0

Need more!

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Great coverage but I'm working with some cedar and it's like putting water on a sponge.

5.0

Great stuff.

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I bought this to refin a '74 Tele. It was a complete mess/unplayable. Had to do it. This stuff is fabulous. Very forgiving and you can just sand and do over or correct runs etc. It takes many, many coats and level-sanding to fill even tiny pores, however. It must be mostly thinner. I should have used the filler material but patience and perseverance prevailed.

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