ColorTone Aerosol Finishing Kit

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A beautiful finish made simple.
Great choice for the first-time finisher.

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ColorTone Aerosol Finishing Kit

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A beautiful finish made simple.
Great choice for the first-time finisher.

Want to complete your instrument project with a professional-looking finish, but don't have the space, budget, or long-term need for a spray gun and compressor system? Our popular ColorTone® Aerosol Finishing Kit is just for you. Even if you're a beginner, you can achieve beautiful results you'll be proud to show off. You'll get professional guidance from the best instruction book available Guitar Finishing Step-by-Step.

  • A great choice for the first-time finisher
  • Easy-to-apply traditional clear gloss nitrocellulose lacquer in spray cans
  • Full set of polishing compounds for a beautiful high gloss finish

The kit includes:
  • ColorTone clear gloss nitrocellulose aerosol lacquer (4 cans)
    (Nitrocellulose lacquer is the traditional choice for fine instruments.)
  • ColorTone clear nitrocellulose aerosol sealer (1 can)
  • ColorTone polishing compounds (NEW 4-ounce bottles)
    Coarse, Medium, Fine, and Swirl Remover
  • Fre-Cut/Micro Finishing Paper Sampler (22 sheets in a wide variety of grits)
  • Guitar Finishing Step-by-Step book
  • Helpful instructions for using micro finishing papers and special tips for aerosol finishing


This kit cannot be shipped outside the USA, nor shipped by air within the USA.

TIP: If you're finishing porous woods such as mahogany, ash, rosewood or koa, we recommend inexpensive ColorTone Waterbase Grain Fillers, available in a variety of matching colors. They'll help you get a level, pore-free wood surface fast, so you'll need fewer finish coats and less sanding.


Product Instructions

ColorTone Aerosol Finishing Kit Instructions

Tips and instructions for achieving a professional finish with the ColorTone Aerosol Finishing Kit.

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By Gord Russell from IL
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 12, 2014


The color tone Aerosol Finishing Kit was great! This was my first attempt, and if you follow the directions in the book and info with the sandpaper, you can get a nice finish. I also used the stain and tinted lacquer. Materials are great, and the guys here at stewmac are very responsive and helpful with any tech questions. Thanks so much!

Everything you need in one box for a clear finish

By Steve Fillipp from Lubbock, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 20, 2014


I bought this to finish my dreadnought kit because it's my first serious attempt at a guitar finish, and I was attracted to the idea of having to purchase only one item to get everything needed. I have not added up the cost of the items included but I would guess it would be more than the cost of the kit. Even if not, I'd buy it again for the convenience. It's been a great way to get my feet wet. Materials and supplies are excellent quality. The Fre-cut sandpaper is a revelation, never used it before and the way it cuts is amazing. The lacquer flows out nicely once you get a feel for it. (Nice tip about warming the aerosols before spraying, made all the difference!) The quantity of materials provided is sufficient, although I did run out of 320 grit paper due to some rework being required, which was entirely my own fault. I'd suggest buying extra sandpaper in 220 and 320 grits, you can never have too much. The book is a nice bonus and contains a wealth of information about the general topic of instrument finishing, and will be a tremendous resource for future projects. Well written and beautifully illustrated, it also contains "recipes" for many of the most widely seen finishes. Also contains some interesting historical data on more traditional finishes. Overall a nice bundle, I'd recommend it to anyone who lacks the experience and /or equipment for a pro paint job.

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By Spot's Dad from Kentucky
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 17, 2013


This Guitar was a cat scratching post when it came to my shop a month ago. Friends look at the guitar then look at me and back to the guitar and say "No Way You did that with a spray can" I stripped it down, used all StewMac tools and Refinishing supplies to route the binding and refinish in a vintage Amber. Matching Cream pickguard and gold and silver hardware. Not bad for an old Squire Guitar headed to the scrap bin. When friends see it, they say its beautiful. When I see it, I see "StewMac" Quality all over it! Thanks to everyone at customer support for all the help and kindness with building my first project guitar. Customer Support was always lightening fast with replies and tips on making my project something to be proud of !!!

Excellent Job StewMac!

By Terry Chislett from Rochester, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 09, 2013


I ordered the ColorTone Aerosol finishing kit expecting to get a few aerosol cans of nitrocellulose . Instead I received everything I needed to produce a lustrous finish on the guitar kit that I was working on. Not only did I receive the above mentioned aerosol, but the package contained all the sandpaper I needed in addition to three grades of polishing media, and on top of that a detailed book on the proper method of producing a professional finish on the guitar.

Thanks Again StewMac,
Terry Chislett

Great Finishing kit

By UncleHammy from Towanda, Kansas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 07, 2012


Everything you need to finish a solid body electric guitar. Nice product.

Great Kit!

By K. Scott from Raeford, NC, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 03, 2012


Used this to finish my first kit guitar. It had more than enough supplies to do the job. Which alleviates the worry of running out in the middle of a job. The instructions were clear and concise, and the materials themselves were first rate. I would highly recommend this kit to anyone who is considering doing a kit guitar, or re-doing that old garage sale job you bought last year to fix up. I would also recommend signing up for the Trade Secrets online newsletter. There's a lot of useful info on it. Go Bucs!

Follow-up - ugly tele

By KennyM from Midlothian, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Here is a picture of the final product. A '91 Fender alder body - it used to have an opaque, rather flat dull pasty yellow finish. I used ColorTone liquid vintage amber with a little bit of medium brown.

Great Kit!

By K. Scott from Raeford, NC, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 14, 2012


This is my first Guitar build (Saga LC-10), though I've done a lot of woodwork/repair. I'm pretty comfortable using aerosol for finishes, and with this kit it's a no brainer. I'm currently letting the finish harden (3 weeks). The paints, papers, and book included are all first rate. I also downloaded Dan's guitar setup book for my Kindle. The website and STEWMAC in general are an encyclopedia of knowledge to make your project a success. I wish these resources were available for all my hobbies. Great kit, Great company!

Loved it - great kit for redoing my ugly tele

By KennyM from Midlothian, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 12, 2012


This is a great package if you are new to this process (as I was) and want to fix up a guitar - if you're looking to do a lot of this then you probably want to buy the equipment and supplies a la carte. I loved the spray cans, they gave me a nice smooth and even coat. The adjustable nozzles are a plus - one can vertical, one can horizontal to easily tackle top/back and sides. Sanding papers and polish did a nice job on bringing out the mirror finish.

The book - very helpful since this was my first effort. Lots of good advice on materials, process and steps, techniques. I found it though a little light on details in some areas; for example "wet sand with 800" - ok, but it would have been helpful to add things like how much pressure, for how long, how to know when you've sanded enough, etc. Also, there seemed to be a lot of conflicting information on spraying: X number of coats, Y hours apart, for Z days, let cure for W days etc. I came across maybe three different notions on this within the kit and sort of had to figure out what worked best for me. But that feedback is offered constructively; I really enjoyed making my old crappy yellow telecaster beautiful again and this kit was a great decision for me.

More than enough

By DougD from Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 27, 2012


This kit is more than enough to finish your project in a high quality nitro finish. I suggest reading the book through a few times. Then setup your spraying schedule based on the one in the book. I had very good results.

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