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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By Les from LA,KY
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 01, 2012

Hi folks,
So I used the Stew-Mac line of finishing products after years of using lots of different brands. I was very pleased with their products and the tips are great for you beginners.

My only words of wisdom for those out there is take your time and never rush a finish.
customer service is great as well.
Thanks Stew-Mac

Good stuff!

By Robb from Ambridge, PA, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 23, 2011

Used this on a neck first. Went on well, but runs easily if you're not careful. Sealed the mahogany beautifully.

Great for guys like me w/out compressor

By Ed G from Tempe, AZ, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 14, 2011

You can actually do pro work w/ cans? Yes. I bought and read Dan's book on guit finishing (a great book). But you can do this w/out the book just w/ the instructions on the can. This was my first project of trying to do it right, w/ guit finishing. It was an SX Resonator guitar. Nice wood, but a crappy finish to start with.

I stripped it, then used the StewMac sanding sealer then gloss lacquer. I did about 20 coats, which used around 3 or 4 cans (can't remember). I'm super happy w/ the result. I still have to do the final sanding/buffing. But now i know: guitar finishing is doable by amateurs like me! So go for it!

Aerosol Lacquer Works GREAT!

By Mark D. from Illinois
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 28, 2011

I have used Stew-Mac's ColorTone Aerosol Lacquers on several projects, and it gives a great finish. Just follow the instructions, take your time and you will be impressed!

ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquers are excellent!!!

By lraudio from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 02, 2011

As recommended, I warmed the cans in hot water before spraying in a low humidity environment. I achieved a totally professional finish! See the pic of my refinished strat body (not yet assembled though - it's drying for two weeks - very important!).

WARNING: USE ADEQUATE VENTILLATION AND A PROPER RESPIRATOR WHEN USING THESE SPRAY CAN PRODUCTS! ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer is nitrocellulose and creates very dangerous fumes! Also, your house WILL STINK FOR WEEKS if you spray indoors, so go out to the garage or outside.

My project was: I completely sanded down and filled my 35 year old Ibanez strat copy mahogany body (also has maple front/back veneer), then I...

- sealed/primed/sanded it four times
- shot the ColorTone Black Gloss four times as a basecoat, sanding/filling between coats as necessary with 400 grit wet/dry
- shot one custom-stencilled highlight pattern (using a third-party magenta lacquer on the front and back of the body
- shot the edge in Black Gloss once again for a pseudo-black sunburst effect
- shot 9 coats of clear satin (no sanding required between clear satin coats - hurray!). This clear satin works wonders - the flatteners in it are really good.

I left at least 2 hours between coats and never more than 3/day. My results were amazing! I will use this product line again.

Clear gloss and Satin spray can Nitrocellulose

By Rob Schuh from Phoenix, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 06, 2011

Both of these products are top notch. I'd been using another company's clear nitro since I bought the Nitro Paint from them, but the Stew Mac is less $ and goes on much more evenly. It's amazing what you can do with Spray cans! :-)

 Lacquer finish in aerosol can.

By Eastbville from Bartlesville, OK
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 23, 2011

Clear satin lacquer was used to finish a bolt on guitar neck. I've ordered more to do a sunburst guitar finish on a re-topped 30's Kalamazoo Gibson.

Lacquer worked like a charm!

By w8rok from Chas, WV
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I used the Clear Satin and it worked nicely. I was able to apply several coats, wet sanding between coats. Final finish on guitar was great.

Sanding Sealer

By Tstrongarm from Dothan, AL
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 12, 2011

Didn't build as quickly as I expected. Used almost two cans on a set-neck solid body. Works well even as I am in a very humid environment.

a good product

By R Hoey from Westfield, NJ
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 09, 2011

I often use Colortone Aerosols for small repair work, especially refinishing pegheads and occasionally fender style necks, it a good product and the price is reasonable compared to other available nitro aerosols. I used it on anything where I don't need to boot up my compressor and don't want to have to clean out my spray gun.

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