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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3 or more $11.11
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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 ph from Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 07, 2013

This color tone stuff is really nice. Easy to use & does a good job. Had no problem doing a 3 color sunburst. Some of these cans came with an oversize button on the top which made life a lot easier & a lot nicer to use rather than the standard little button your finger gets in the spray. Follow the instructions & think the job thru & should be a piece of cake.

ColorTone aerosol lacquer

By Reid Hampton from Memphis, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This goes on smooth, burns in nicely, and buffs out really shiny. It did stay softer longer than anticipated, I ended up getting some damage from handling the body (normally) and playing the guitar over 3 weeks after spraying. It seemed plenty cured when I buffed it out, but was still very susceptible to nicks and bumps, as I found out. Previously I've used water based products and found them to cure hard more quickly than the nitro, which is surprising.

Clearly Good Stuff

By jf from NJ
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 30, 2013

Great coverage, great look. Nice deep gloss. It's a little tricky to use - you have to be careful about temperature and humidity when you spray. Other than that, it's great if you want to do the occasional finish job.

not bad but

By Richarddvll from Mt Morris PA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 19, 2013

this product sprays easy and is great if you have something that is all ready completely sealed and no grain but it doesn't layer up thick at all and take a ton to fill in any grain marks


By B3 from NoCal
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 29, 2013

great item

Easy to Use, Great Finish

By Brian2840 from Wauconda, IL
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Despite this being the first finish I did ever, this product was easy to use and created a fantastic finish.

Like the spray

By Greg J. from Austin, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 11, 2013

Use on repair work. I like that you can adjust the fan spray pattern

Nice Finish!

By DJB from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 31, 2013

It's amazing that I can get a finish like this without any experience at all! Thanks Stewmac!

Super Nitro

By In Orbit Studios from Hawthorne, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easy to use with great results after wet sand, just make sure to take the proper precautions to protect yourself. The fumes are gnarly as you've probably read or heard about.

Stewmac products

By Hagdaddy from Riverton, WY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 23, 2013

Stewmac has one of the most comprehensive lines of products for the luthier craft available. I have purchased many of their products for various refinishing and repair projects over the years. I am not a professional and the support they offer is invaluable to me. I have recently used their nitro finishes in the replacement of the back of a Fender 12 string. If you follow the suggested procedure the outcome is excellent. I would recommend their products to anyone.

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