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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3 or more $11.11
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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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Good stuff

By wired to go from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 21, 2012

I like the way it darkens up the wood and accents the grain. The only problem I had with it is that when spraying it spits,Even when the can is heated in a pan of hot water.

Clear Satin Nitro

By Wendell from Western NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 12, 2012

This stuff was reasonably priced, it arrived quickly, was easy to use and the results were excellent - even for a first time user like me. I would definitely use this product again, Thanks Stew-Mac!

Professional results from a spray can

By Ron Brown from Rapid City, South Dakota
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 12, 2012

Just follow the directions for professional results, heating the can before spraying was the tip that made the difference. Light coats, be patient and you will be proud of the mirror finish this product produces. I highly recommend and can't believe I actually produced something that looks professional, a local luthier asked "Did you finish your banjo neck, nice job" and he sees all kinds.


By Clinton mills from Louisa, kentucky
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 06, 2012

So far the finish looks amazing on Les Paul, I'm currently waiting for the finish to cure to final sand and buff. Easy to use, must warm can to have good flow and finish.

Lacquer in a can, what a helper!

By James Hansell, Sofa City Guitar Sho from Davenport, Iowa
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 05, 2012

These canned ColorTone lacquers help me do the little stuff so I don't have to break out any spray guns, even though they can certainly be used for larger projects.

excellent product, works as advertized

By ktnwin from San Jose, CA, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 03, 2012

this one is much better than the clear high gloss lacquer spray cans normally found in big hardware stores. More glossy.

 rattle can laquer

By brownsound from folsom california
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 21, 2012

for years i have been doing things the old school way. mix delute spray gun wait weeks and then finish.
picked up a can if color tone sealer and satin laquer to make finish repairs on a neck and lo and behold within 24 hours it was repaired and back in action. no need to wait weeks and weeks for the spray gun method to cure depending on the size and quality you need this stuff works. will keep it around for sure.

satin nitro

By the1sully from chattanooga, tn
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 19, 2012

excellent product. the spray pattern and consistency are comparable to professional grade air compressor equipment. it's easy to apply, the flash time is quick, and will yield results exceeding expectations. highly recommended.

Nice clearcoat.

By Guitarteacher from Lake Charles, La
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 13, 2012

It's possible to get a very nice glassy finish with this product. Seems to work much better with many light coats with wet sanding in between. You must wait 2 weeks to cure before final buffing.

Sealed it

By Windau from Atlanta
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Used this as the final seal on a shellac over Tweed cabinet. Dried fast, gave it a durable finish. The glossy looks very cool on the Tweed.

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