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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Liquid Glass

By tlizzard from Costa Mesa
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 24, 2011

This lacquer is ideal for musical instruments because it can be applied very thin, allowing the natural resonance of the instrument to come through. Needs to dry thoroughly, but once dry, holds dimension and finish very well. Does not build up excessive thickness in repeated layering...the ideal Nitro coating for any stringed instrument.

Works Great

By Spider Web Music from Howland- Warren, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 20, 2011

We paint most of our guitars in the repair shop with this. It took a couple of tries to get the thinning mixture correct to flow for our application. Very nice burn in for repair and successive coats. Here is a pic of a gibson melody maker that we refinished the top from tobaccoburst to a greyburst and then installed a bigsby for our customer. -Matt Dreher

Give it a chance

By W.E.Stansell from Atlanta, GA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I've sprayed a lot of lacquer, but not the Behlen. Frankly, after spraying all of the recommended build coats and sanding as spec'd, I was a little concerned. But after sanding and buffing, the look is spectacular. I haven't seen a factory finish that would be any better.

I love Behlen products.. This nirto is superb!

By ADDIE from Calif
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 12, 2011

I have been using Behlen on all my guitars for over 10 years now.

I love how it goes on smooth every time. Sands out great.. buffs out great. Gives you that old look finish. Not a plastic watery look like the new stuff they use on guitars.

I will take a nitro finish any day.

And Behlen is my choice of laquers

Excellent FInish

By Leonard from Charlotte, NC 
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I have used Behlem Nitro in refinishing gutars and where I have repaired guitars. I use Behlem reducer and mix the color material I need to match the wood I am repairing. With proper buffing it gives an excellent finish. The lacquer is not so hard it scratches easly, but is not too soft.

A lot of the work I do is on Epiphone and Gibson guitars; repairing broken necks and broken heads.

I conclude my finish with 6 coats of clear Lacquer mixed 50/50 with Behlen reducer.

Does the Job

By Everett from Alachua, Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Up to this point, I have used McFaddens, but with McFaddens now being pretty much unavailable, I tried the Behlen. It doesn't seem to build quite as quickly as the McFaddens, but it does cure quickly and cures crystal clear. I shoot my finish through an HVLP gun, and I get good results with the product as it comes from the can. Overall, I was satisfied and will continue to use the Behlen.

Behlen Nitrocellulose Laquer

By Curt from Vienna WV. U.S.A.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 05, 2010

I finished a vintage mandolin and it turned out great. It was my first time finishing an instrument. I just followed the directions on the can and what a wonderful finish!!!

Great for Beginners!!!!

By Chuck Chambers from Watkinsville, GA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 25, 2010

Being new to guitar building and finishing I don't have a lot of experience spraying lacquer. The Behlen lacquer seems to be very user-friendly. I use an HVLP gun I purchased from Lowe's and it is easy to get a smooth layer using it full strength to build or thinned down to 1 part lacquer and 3 parts thinner to use as a smooth or blend coat. Mixes well with pigments and stain and polishes extremely well. Dries very clear, even during the summer here in GA where humidity seems to be above 100% without using much retarder.

Behlen nitrocellulose

By John Rossman from Cumming, Georgia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Man, this stuff is a must have for around the shop. It does throw off a heavy odor so watch out!! Great lacquer though!!!

Stewmac and Behlin Lacquer

By Wynn Richardson from Greenwell Springs, La, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 26, 2010

I have been a customer here since 1994. I really like Behlin Lacquer and spray everyday usually.

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