Behlen Nitrocellulose Stringed Instrument Lacquer, 1 quart

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A hard, durable finish that's less brittle and more flexible than standard furniture lacquer.

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Behlen Nitrocellulose Stringed Instrument Lacquer, 1 quart

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A hard, durable finish that's less brittle and more flexible than standard furniture lacquer.

Stringed Instrument Lacquer is specifically formulated to accommodate the expansion and contraction of wooden instruments.

Stringed Instrument Lacquer finish has better resistance to cold-checking and scuffs than standard furniture lacquer. It's ready to spray with no thinning required, for faster finish build-up in multiple coats. This lacquer is designed for use on wood which has been sealed with Behlen Vinyl Sealer, or on unfinished wood.

One can goes a long way!
1 quart will finish 1 acoustic guitar body & neck.
1 quart will finish 2 entire mandolins.
1 quart will finish 2 to 3 solid guitar or bass bodies.
1 quart will finish 3 to 5 electric guitar or bass necks.
1 quart will finish 4 ukuleles.
1 quart will finish 2 to 3 dulcimers.
1 quart will finish 2 to 3 banjo rims and necks.
Keep in mind there are many application variables: your spray gun adjustments, PSI used, how heavy the coats are applied, number of coats, and desired thickness on your instrument.

Lacquer products are flammable! They cannot be shipped outside the USA nor shipped by air within the USA. Nitrocellulose lacquer products should not be used with acrylic lacquers.

California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

Product Instructions

Nitrocellulose Finishing Schedule

A step-by-step flow chart of nitrocellulose finishing.

Ratings & Reviews

Behlen Nitrocellulose Stringed Instrument Lacquer, 1 quart

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By CWaggs from Illinois
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Great nitro. Cures quickly, buffs out well.

Go with the Flow

By Larry Inman from DeSoto KS
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Behlen nitrocellulose lacquer that I received from Stew Mac was in a word very forgiving for my talents and the equipment I had to use to do the job. I would recommend it for your next project, just be sure to order a can of retarder with your order to get a good job with out wasting time and material. It will slow down the drying time so the laquer will flow out smother and not blush.

First Build

By Dogman909 from Galt, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 02, 2012

I used StewMac Behlen Nitrocellulose Lacquer on my first build and I couldn't be happier. It went on easy and polished out to a brilliant, factory like shine. My first build turned out so well that it created a monster. I now have several other guitar builds in the works.

Great lacquer for newbies or pros!

By Tim M. from Scranton, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I am new to HVLP spray finishing guitars, and can't believe I waited this long! I've been using rattle can lacquer for some time now, and that doesn't even come close to how well the Behlen Nitro lacquer applies, layers and sands! I do this as a hobby, and my life just got much easier. One thing - You MUST pay attention to the relative humidity outside when using this product. I've found that anything over 65% may cause the top layer of lacquer to cloud when drying. This can be rectified by sanding the layer, or applying a "wet" coat on top, but it is better to just avoid this.

Love this stuff

By Edward H from Los Angeles, CA.
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Goes on nice and polishes up easy... Nothing looks nicer than nitrocellulose lacquer.

great lacquer

By DCS from Westminster, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 27, 2012

I've used furniture grade nitro on my guitars in the past, but decided to try the Behlen product on my recent build. It certainly is superior to furniture grade (which comes in gallon cans) and the quart can is just about right for one guitar. It sprays well without thinning and it also sprayed very well when I cut the last coat 70/30 for a nice skim coat.

stewmac guitar body refinish

By wmrun from Carthage NY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 07, 2012

Behlen lacquer is easy to use and buffs out to a nice shine. After I removed the finish from a 3 pickup blue burst guitar body I filled the pickup cavities and veneered the top again and turned the guitar into what you see in the picture very nice and shiny.

Behlen Nitrocellulose Stringed Instrument Lacquer

By vom Saal Custom Guitars from Florida, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 29, 2012

This is a nice stringed instrument lacquer (comparable to McFadden's nitrocellulose lacquer) - Behlen sprays clear & rubs out well (as with all lacquer, make sure you wear a good respirator).

Great Finishing Supplies!

By Wilmer Gingerich from Jamesport MO
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 17, 2011

Excellent product and easy to use!

Awesome to work with

By KP Custom from Refton, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 26, 2011

I used to paint cars so I had some experience with lacquers. The Behlen lacquer went on easy and has a great looking finish after polishing. I would recomend this to everyone no matter if you have sprayed lacquer before or not.

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