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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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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My first homemade guitar

By Brian Petersen from Mason City, Iowa
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I used the Satin ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer on my first homemade guitar project (a semi-hollow body made from walnut). It worked well and provided the kind of natural finish that was appropriate for this kind of wood.

Excellent sanding sealer

By Brian Petersen from Mason City, Iowa
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I used ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer clear sanding sealer on my homemade "new wave jazz guitar" and it made the process go very smoothly, preparing the finish for a gloss lacquer coating that buffed to a nice shine. Highly recommended.

I liked this, but wished I had gotten the glossy

By ADDIE from Calif
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 19, 2014

First time trying the satin. I did sand it down and buff it and it buffed out. It sprays well and even. I usually use my sprayer and tank, but this was a quickie job and the product worked well. I would recommend the spray in either satin or gloss.

ColorTone Sanding Sealer & Gloss Lacquer

By Sig's Guitar Repair from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 24, 2014

I had an old abandoned stratocaster project laying around. The body was already stripped so decided to do a light relic. I used ColorTone sanding sealer. I really like the aerosol sealer. It always sprays evenly with no spitting. It dries hard quickly & sands nicely. After primer and color coats, I sprayed 6 coats of ColorTone gloss lacquer. After 3 weeks, I sanded and polished the guitar to a beautiful shine with no sand throughs. It looked so nice, I didn't want to relic the guitar. I will use ColorTone aerosol lacquer on my next project too.

glossy finish with lacquer

By brianr from california
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 03, 2014

great stuff, love it. Gave about 10 coats, sanded from 220 to 400grit between coats, then let dry for a few weeks. It is best to sand from 1000 then to 3000 grit and buff as well by hand. Don't use a wheel; probably will leave burn marks like I did so that's why I would advise to do it by hand, came out really good this way

Clear Gloss Nitro Laquer

By Garrett Chaney from Pi9ttsburgh
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 27, 2014

Put it in hot water, give it a good shake, (I like to warm for a minute more after shaking) and shoot. Very good for a rattlecan!


By NItroDave08 from Cheyenne, WY
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 27, 2014

First time using lacquer. Patience, Patience, Patience! Make sure you have the cans warmed up. Start and end the spray stroke OFF the guitar. Use some kind of mask. I have applied 5 coats. It took about 3 to finally start building a solid shine. Spray vertical then horizontal strokes for 1 full coat. Here is 2 build coats with 5 shine coats. 5 more to go then the week wait for it to totally gas out.

A second chance for the can

By Bill A from Ma, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 24, 2014

I reviewed the spray lacquer today and decided to give it another try since I own a bit. Now, after clearing the nozzles, reheating, test spraying and clearing again, I am having better results. I have yet to totally finish, but I am happier this afternoon. So, I will raise the rating and if it all comes out well, maybe add an additional star with the caveat that a bit more instructions would help those unfamiliar with spray can lacquer.

color tone

By reed richards from atlanta,ga.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 11, 2014

great product, had minor issues with spitting droplets, one out of 7 total cans used, replacement can shipped asap

Superior Finishes

By Bill O'Donnell from philadelphia pa
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 29, 2014

If you don't have the room or the customer base to support expensive, bulky compressors and spray guns Professional finishes can be achieved with Color Tone aerosol rattle cans.

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